Statue of Ity-sen
Ancient Egyptian sculptors depicted people with idealized, youthful bodies in a limited number of poses. The most common standing pose showed the subject with the left leg extending forward. This attitude demonstrates the connection between Egyptian writing and sculpture; most hieroglyphs faced right, and in order to provide an unobstructed view of a figure’s two legs, the left leg had to be extended. Statues were considered three-dimensional hieroglyphs and were therefore created with the same profile as their two-dimensional counterparts.
- Medium: Limestone
- Geographical Locations:
- Dates: ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: V Dynasty
- Period: Old Kingdom
- Dimensions: 61 x 20 1/2 x 15 3/16 in. (155 x 52 x 38.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 37.365
- Credit Line: Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father Charles Edwin Wilbour
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Statue of Ity-sen, ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E. Limestone, 61 x 20 1/2 x 15 3/16 in. (155 x 52 x 38.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father Charles Edwin Wilbour, 37.365. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Headless statue of a standing man. Arms at sides, left foot advanced. Kilt only clothing. Apparently left end figure of a triad. Assembled from three pieces into which the figure had been sawn for shipping. Head, right hand, both feet missing. In addition, much restoration of the surface.
- Record Completeness: Best (92%)