Bronze statue of Imhotep, Egypt, 600–30 BCE

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Bronze statue of Imhotep, Egypt, 600–30 BCE. Imhotep (active sometime during c 2700–2601 BCE) was the legendary architect of the step pyramids at Sakkarah, Egypt. He later achieved the status of a god and was patron of medical learning and healing. Imhotep became identified with the Greek god Asklepios. Imhotep’s Greek name was Imouthes. He is often shown in this pose with a shaven head and a piece of papyrus on his knees. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: mbcgwaks.

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