Fragmentary Statue of a Figure with Kyphosis
Despite the lack of true portraiture and the apparent tendency toward a strict “ideal” in Egyptian art, the realistic depiction of this figure with kyphosis, or a severe curvature of the spine, attests to the artist’s attention to detail. The damaged figurine was originally covered with gesso and painted, further enhancing its lifelike appearance.
The attitude towards disability and atypical bodies in Egyptian society is evident in the Ramesside wisdom text of Amenemope (1292–1075 b.c.e.), which instructs the reader: “Do not laugh at a blind man, ridicule a dwarf, or impede the disabled!”
- Medium: Wood
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: 1539-1075 B.C.E.
- Period: New Kingdom (possibly)
- Dimensions: 2 9/16 x 1 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (6.5 x 3.1 x 6.3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.1595E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Fragmentary Statue of a Figure with Kyphosis, 1539-1075 B.C.E. Wood, 2 9/16 x 1 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (6.5 x 3.1 x 6.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1595E. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Wooden figure of a hunchback, shown seated, L. hand resting on L. leg, stretched out before him. Face, with a short wig, is cocked on one side. The R. side is missing, and figure much abraded. Remains of gesso (?).
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)