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The Royal Acquaintances, Memi and Sabu

4th Dynasty, Old Kingdom

c.2575-2465 BC

This statue evokes the intimacy of Memi and his companion, Sabu, although she is set somewhat apart by her oblique gaze. 
Until recently, the flowering of nonroyal statuary was believed to have occurred only in the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties. Recent studies indicate, however, that many of these nonroyal statues, including Memi and Sabu, are better dated to the Fourth Dynasty, contemporary with the great royal statuary programs. The early date for Memi and Sabu is based both on her coiffure and on the reciprocated embrace.

(Source: The Metropolitan Museum)

Statue of Tjeteti in middle age

6th Dynasty, Old Kingdom

c.2200-2151 BC

(Source: The Metropolitan Museum)

Colossal marble head of Asklepios


c. 325-300 BC
Found on Mílos, Southern Aegean, Greece

The healing god

This head comes from a colossal statue of the god Asklepios, a god of medicine and healing. It was constructed from three separately worked pieces, of which two survive. The calm expression of the face is set off by a full beard and crown of hair. The lead pegs that would have held a gold wreath are still in place, but the wreath is now lost.

The cult of Asklepios was popular throughout Greece and Asia Minor during the Classical period (480-300 BC) and the Hellenistic period (323-30 BC). Important centres were set up in Athens and at Epidaurus in the Peloponnese. Hippocrates was the founding father of modern scientific medicine and, following his death in 357 BC, a healing sanctuary was established on his native island of Cos. There, Asklepios was represented in what became the canonical manner of the later Hellenistic and Roman periods: bearded, semi-nude and supported on one side by a staff around which a serpent is coiled. This head probably comes from such a statue.

Source: British Museum

Small statuette of the god zeus serapius

2.9cm high (1 1/8 inch.)

Roman, from Egypt, Mid-Imperial Period, 2nd century AD. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Limestone statuette of god Tutu 

This god came into Egypt in Late Period as the son of the goddess Neith. It is 35.6cm long, 12.1cm wide and 21.1cm high ( 14 x 3 3/4 x 8 5/16 inch.) 

Ptolemaic Period, 300 - 150 BC, made in Egypt. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Bronze votive statue of kushite king 

The kushite people were from nubia and ruled Egypt in the Third Intermediate period. They adopted many Egyptian traditions, that is why this statue looks Egyptian but the face of the statue is kushite tradition. 

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, 25th dynasty, 714 - 664 BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Quartzite head of king Amenmesse 

He is wearing the blue crown of Egypt. It is 44.5cm high (17 1/2 inch.) 

Found at Karnak, Thebes, Upper Egypt 

Egyptian, New Kingdom, 19th dynasty (Ramesside Period), 1203 - 1200 BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Earthenware chinese dancer 

Color still visible. It is 53.3cm high and 24.8cm wide ( 21 x 9 3/4 inch.) 

Chinese, Western Han dynasty, 200 - 0 BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Cupreous alloy statue of Imhotep 

Imhotep was the architect who constructed the first true Egyptian pyramid. This was so important that the Egyptian later deified him as a patron of wisdom.  It is 14cm high, 4.8cm wide and 9.8cm in diameter ( 5 1/2 x 1 7/8 x 3 7/8 inch.)

Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, 332 - 32 BC. 

Found in the Delta (unsure)

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Alabaster head of hippopotamus statue

14cm high (5 1/2 inch.) 

Egyptian, New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, 1390 - 1352 BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

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