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Figure of a Bound Foreign Prisoner

The Egyptians had an "Egyptocentric" view of the ordered universe. They saw all foreigners as emanations of chaos that had to be controlled or even annihilated. It was not necessary to conduct constant military operations against foreigners. Since the Egyptians believed that images of things might be magically equated with the things themselves, control over images of their enemies could help ensure domination over outside threats to order. Sculptures like this example of a bound Nubian were probably destroyed or buried in rituals that guaranteed dominion over foreigners.

Catalogue Description:
One figure of a bound Nubian prisoner worked in very soft limestone. Kneeling with arms pulled behind back. Wearing a short wig. An ear plug (?) in right ear worked in the stone, gone from left ear. Features worn. Torse very long. Traces of dark red-brown over all flesh areas most of which remains on back. Traces of black on hair. Condition: Most paint gone. Surface abrasions and worn areas, nose and mouth very worn.


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