Bronze statue of Imhotep, Egypt, 600-30 BCE

Made:
600-30 BCE in Egypt

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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.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A39370
Materials:
bronze (copper, tin alloy), complete and mahogany (wood)
Measurements:
statue: 170 mm x 60 mm x 84 mm,
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture