13 – Torso of a Priest Wearing a Leopard Skin

Torso of a Priest Wearing a Leopard Skin; Egyptian, Dynasties 25-26, 700-600 BCE; found in the Temple of Hera on Samos. As early as the mid-seventh century BCE, Greeks returning to their homes from Egypt brought back objects to be dedicated in sanctuaries. Some votives found in Greece, however, may have been donated by Egyptians. The pharaoh Amasis II (ruled 570-527 BCE) himself was renowned for giving valuable works to temples on the Greek islands of Samos and Rhodes. This torso was one of many Egyptian bronze offerings deposited on Samos.

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