Left Foot from an Anthropoid Coffin
The pliability of wood allows for more detailed and naturalistic carving than stone. Because of the scarcity and cost of the material in ancient Egypt, the feet and arms of wooden statues or anthropoid (i.e., human-shaped) coffins were often made separately.
The fact that this life-size painted foot extends as far as the heel suggests that it was originally part of a coffin rather than a statue. Although independently modeled feet on anthropoid coffins appeared as early as the late New Kingdom, the sandals and red outline of toenails on this foot are more typical of the Greco-Roman period.
- Medium: Wood, plaster
- Dates: 30 B.C. - 2nd century C.E.
- Period: probably Roman
- Dimensions: 2 1/16 x 3 1/5 x 6 5/8 in. (5.2 x 7.7 x 16.8 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: 37.2041.1E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Left Foot from an Anthropoid Coffin, 30 B.C. - 2nd century C.E. Wood, plaster, 2 1/16 x 3 1/5 x 6 5/8 in. (5.2 x 7.7 x 16.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.2041.1E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)