Bronze statue of Imhotep, Egypt, 600-30 BCE
- 600-30 BCE in Egypt
Bronze statue of Imhotep, on modern wooden plinth, Egyptian, 600-30BC
Imhotep (active sometime during c. 2700-2601 BCE) was the legendary architect of the step pyramids at Sakkarah, Egypt. He later achieved the status of a god and was patron of medical learning and healing. Imhotep became identified with the Greek god Asklepios. Imhotep’s Greek name was Imouthes. He is often shown in this pose with a shaven head and a piece of papyrus on his knees.