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KNEELING STATUETTE OF TAHARQA (No. 171)

H: 15,5cm. Bronze.
690 - 664 B.C. Egyptian Museum, Berlin


King Taharqa was one of the most glorious sovereigns during the XXVth dynasty in Egypt: warrior king, his name resonates even in the Bible; pious king, he had built and renovated many temples. Probably immortalizing the offering of a libation, this statuette allows one to see clearly the ethnic characteristics of the Kushite dynasty; slightly snub nose, eyes slightly apart, broad shoulders. The double uraeus (royal serpent) on the forehead has been chipped away by successors wishing to remove all traces of Nubian domination of Egypt.


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