Statuette of the god Nefertum, bronze, Egypt, Saite, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 BCE
A small bronze statuette of the Egyptian god Nefertum, son of Ptah and Sekhmet. The figure stands in the canonical striding pose of Egyptian sculpture with one foot forward, arms straight by the sides. On his head is a lotus, symbol of the Sun, with two vertical plumes; the back foot is flanged, indicating the former presence of a base - possibly a recumbent lion, on which Nefertum often stands. The facial features and other details are worn away, and there is green accumulation of corrosion in the creases. On the back of the crown is a loop to suspend the statuette and there is a loose metal object inside.