Sculpture of a Priest King


About this object

Head of a statue identified as a Priest King. The man wears an Egyptian style double crown that has a scale pattern in the upper part of it. The lower part closer to the forehead has a winged Uraeus. The man has a beard that resembles Assyrian representations of kings. Both the hair at the forehead and the beard are made of our snail shaped locks .

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Cypro-Archaic II
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date made
    525 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of St Andrews University and Liverpool Museums Kouklia Expedition
  • Collector
    St Andrews University and Liverpool Museums Kouklia Expedition
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus: Kouklia: Site A
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    330 mm x 190 mm
  • Note
    Excavation finding KA 730 found in the siege mound from Kouklia. F. G. Maier, 'Priest Kings in Cyprus', in E. Peltenburg (ed.), Early Society in Cyprus (1989), pp. 376-391, figs. 40.1-2. images of front view and both profiles T00246 / T00246A / T00246B. Uraeus snake forms are an emblema of royal crown of Egypt since the Middle Kindgom and they appear in the statues from Golgoi. The winged Uraeus is unique and does not appear on Egyptian crowns, it appears more on pectorals, royal monuments or religious representations.
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