Statue of Chnoum-hotep, Cairo, Egypt, 1920-1933

Made:
1920-1933 in Cairo
maker:
Egyptian Museum
Plaster statue of the dwarf chnoum-hotep, a victim of achondroplasia, 2000 - 1000 BC. Front three quarter view. Black Plaster statue of the dwarf chnoum-hotep, a victim of achondroplasia, 2000 - 1000 BC. Front three quarter detail view.

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Plaster statue of the dwarf chnoum-hotep, a victim of achondroplasia, 2000 - 1000 BC. Front three quarter view. Black
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Plaster statue of the dwarf chnoum-hotep, a victim of achondroplasia, 2000 - 1000 BC. Front three quarter detail view.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Statue, plaster, of the dwarf chnoum-hotep, a victim of achondroplasia, copy of limestone original, 2000-1000BC

Chnoum-hotep was a court official and chief perfumer during the Egyptian Fifth dynasty (2498-2345 BCE). He experienced a condition called achondroplasia. This hereditary condition causes a type of dwarfism which results in short limbs.

Henry Wellcome did his utmost to acquire objects for his collection. He was not always successful. Undeterred, he would seek permission to have copies made of those objects he could not acquire. This copy was purchased by one of his agents, Captain P Johnston-Saint, in Cairo, Egypt, in 1933. The original dates from 2000-1000 BCE.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A634916
Materials:
complete, paint and plaster
Measurements:
overall (statue): 445 mm x 150 mm x 220 mm, 4.55 kg
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Egyptian Museum