Naophorous Statue of the Finance Officer and Overseer of Fields, Horwedja

Naophorous Statue of the Finance Officer and Overseer of Fields, Horwedja

521-486 BC

Graywacke

Overall: 43 x 14.2 x 23.2 cm (16 15/16 x 5 9/16 x 9 1/8 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1920.1978

Description

Naophorous (naos.bearing) statues show the subject holding a naos, or shrine, containing an image of a deity, in this case the god Ptah of Memphis. These statues were very popular during the Late Period. Almost invariably they are of hard stone, made to last for eternity. As finance officer under Darius I, Horwedja was in a good position to afford such a monument. Darius I was the second Persian king to rule over Egypt and the only one who seems to have had a genuine appreciation of the country. Egypt prospered under his rule, and the arts flourished.

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