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Statue of Imhotep, Egypt, 600-500 BCE

Imhotep (active c. 2601-2700 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, becoming identified with the Greek god Asklepios. Imhotep’s Greek name was Imouthes. Cast in silver and metal, he is often shown in this pose with a shaven head and a piece of papyrus on his knees. This item was obtained from the private collection of Joseph Durighello.

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Glossary: statue

A sculpture in the round representing human or animal figures or small figure groups; a statuette is a smaller sculpture.