Antelope Head

Period: Late Period

Dynasty: Dynasty 27

Date: 525–404 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt; Probably from Memphite Region, Memphis (Mit Rahina)

Medium: Greywacke, travertine (Egyptian alabaster), agate

Dimensions: h. 9 cm (3 9/16 in); w. 15 cm (5 7/8 in)

Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers and Fletcher Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1992

Accession Number: 1992.55


This head of an antelope represents Late Period animal sculpture at its very best. The well preserved right eye, inlaid with alabaster and agate, gives the animal a truely lifelike quality.

The head was probably part of a ceremonial boat of hard stone that stood in a temple sanctuary. Boats with antelope heads at the prow were sacred to the god Sokar. A Sokar boat can be seen on the inner coffin of Khaisher in Gallery 21.

Another fine animal sculpture in the collection, slightly later in date, is the Museum's falcon with Nectanebo II of Dynasty 30 (see 34.2.1).