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

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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

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