Kneeling statuette of King Amasis

Period: Late Period, Saite

Dynasty: Dynasty 26

Reign: reign of Amasis

Date: 570–526 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt

Medium: Bronze, precious metal inlay and leaf

Dimensions: h. 11 cm (4 5/16 in); w. 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in); d. 6 cm (2 3/8 in)

Credit Line: Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1935

Accession Number: 35.9.3


Amasis was not a descendant of the kings of Dynasty 26, but a general of the army who led a revolt against Apries. Despite the fact that Egypt was no longer an imperial power, during his long reign it prospered by foreign trade and careful diplomacy. He continued to employ large numbers of foreign mercenaries, particularly Greeks, in the army and maintained a strong navy that protected the trade routes.

This kneeling bronze statue of the king shows him in an offering pose that had been traditional since Dynasty 18 (see also 1995.21).