Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 26th to 31st Dynasty, ca. 664 to 332 BCE. A lovely mold-formed bronze statuette depicting Khnum, the ram-headed creator god who ancient Egyptians believed to be the source of the Nile River. Khnum, as a creator god, was thought to have molded the first human bodies and other deities from the rich silt and clay along the banks of the Nile. The deity stands in a striding pose atop an integral rectangular plinth, wears a striated skirt, and holds both arms tightly at his sides. His zoomorphic head features an elongated snout with delineated nostrils, almond eyes, projecting ears, and a pair of curling horns. He wears a tripartite wig which is draped across his shoulders and a conical Atef crown flanked with flared ostrich feathers. A well-modeled example covered in lustrous layers of green and russet patina. Custom lucite display stand included. Size: 0.625" W x 3.8" H (1.6 cm x 9.7 cm); 4.25" H (10.8 cm) on included custom stand.
For a stylistically-similar bronze example of Khnum, please see The British Museum, museum number EA60092: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=100854&partId=1&people=98025&peoA=98025-3-18&page=1
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA, acquired around 1974
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Restoration to base and feet up to ankles. Repairs to both legs from knees to ankles with minor chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, small nicks to arms, body, and head, with loss to tip of one horn, and fading to some finer details. Light earthen deposits as well as nice green and russet patina throughout.