Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Androgynous Bronze Figurines In Storage At The Los Angeles Countymuseum Of Art

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The unusual male-female bronze figurines from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art show that the Egyptians allowed themselves creativity in the way that they viewed divinity, that they continually tried to express in a material cult form an abstract concept of god that could not be contained or understood. Very little is known about the actual creation of such bronzes, in particular the conception and authorship of the various forms. Significantly, most pantheistic figures are preserved in bronze. There are some faience examples, but bronze seems particularly associated with the expression of profound religious thought in a material form, suggesting that only the most educated and wealthy portions of Egyptian society commissioned and understood these pantheistic and often male-female divine manifestations. These unusual bronzes undoubtedly represent artistic and religious innovation, but they also mirror an informed and growing complexity that is proportionate to elevation in social status and education.

Keywords: androgynous bronze figurines; Los Angeles County Museum of Art



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Servant of Mut — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation