Egyptian / Head of an Antelope / 525-404 B.C.E.Egyptian
Head of an Antelope
525-404 B.C.E.

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Head of an Antelope
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -52
Creation End Date: -40
Creation Date: 525-404 B.C.E.
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Greywacke, agate, Egyptian alabaster
Dimensions: H. 3 1/2 in. (9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1992.55
Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers and Fletcher Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1992

This head of an antelope is a masterpiece of Late Period animal sculpture. The sculptor carved the hard, fine-grained stone so skillfully that the animal's delicate bone structure is distinctly conveyed. The almond-shaped eyes have been inlaid with alabaster and banded agate, creating an especially alert and lifelike gaze. The horns, probably made of ivory or gilded wood, were once attached to the head with tenons. The head probably graced the prow of a ceremonial boat that stood in a temple sanctuary. Boats decorated with antelope heads were sacred to the god Sokar, who was the overseer of the desert and the royal cemeteries near Memphis, Egypt's capital in the north.

Another fine example of Late Period animal sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum is the statue of the god Horus as a falcon (34.2.1).

AMICA ID: MMA_.1992.55
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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