Museum Quality Egyptian Bronze Nefertum, 664-343 BC
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All Items: Antiques:Regional Art:Ancient World:Egyptian:Bronze: Pre AD 1000: item # 907014
Aweidah Gallery - Jerusalem based gallery
P.O.Box 51067 - Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Aweidah Gallery is pleased to offer this ancient Egyptian museum quality bronze figure of God NEFERTUM, god of perfume, and unguents, wearing the lotus and feather headdress with pendant menats, XXVI-XXXth Dynasty, 664-343 BC
In Egyptian mythology, Nefertem (also Nefertum, Nefer-Tem, Nefer-Temu) was originally just the young Atum (his name means beautiful Atum, i.e. youthful Atum), at the creation of the world, who had arisen from the primal waters, in the Ennead cosmogeny. Since Atum was a solar deity, Nefertum represented sunrise, and since Atum had arisen from the primal waters in the bud of an Egyptian blue water-lily, Nymphaea caerulea, Nefertum was associated with this flower. (This flower is widely used in Egyptian art, religion and literature. In much of the literature about ancient Egypt, it is called the "(blue) lotus
Some of the titles of Nefertem were "He Who is Beautiful" and "Water-Lily of the Sun", and a version of the Book of the Dead says, "Rise like Nefertem from the blue water lily, to the nostrils of Ra, and come forth upon the horizon each day".
As a god now only associated with the highly aromatic blue water-lily rather than creation, he became a god of perfume and luck. In art, Nefertum is usually depicted as a beautiful young man having blue water-lily flowers around his head.
The ancient Egyptians often carried small statuettes of him as good-luck charms
Dimensions: Height: 10.5 cm - Width: 2.2 cm
Height on stand: 18 cm
Condition: Very good condition with lovely patina
The statue is nicely mounted on a custom plexi-glass display stand of high quality
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