Collections: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art: Relief of an Aged Courtier

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Relief of an Aged Courtier

Unlike Egyptian sculpture, both Egyptian reliefs and paintings rarely depict elderly persons. This very exceptional relief shows an unknown man in full maturity with a marked furrow from his nose to his lips, a double chin, prominent collarbones, a bulging Adam's apple, sagging pectoral muscles, and deeply lined paIms. Most unusual is the pronounced vein or artery in his extended forearm. This remarkable naturalism is a legacy of the Amarna Period. The style of the wig is indicative of the date.

  • Medium: Limestone
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • Dates: ca. 1336-1250 B.C.E.
  • Dynasty: late XVIII Dynasty-early XIX Dynasty
  • Period: New Kingdom
  • Dimensions: 5 11/16 x 12 5/16 in. (14.4 x 31.3 cm)  (show scale)
  • Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
  • Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
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  • Accession Number: 47.120.1
  • Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
  • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
  • Caption: Relief of an Aged Courtier, ca. 1336-1250 B.C.E. Limestone, 5 11/16 x 12 5/16 in. (14.4 x 31.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 47.120.1. Creative Commons-BY
  • Image: installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.47.120.1_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
  • Catalogue Description: Oblong limestone relief. In sunk relief head and bust of man facing left. Left arm outstretched with hand and forearm frontal, thumb in perspective. Realistic, elderly face with elaborate wig. Vertical bar (support of a canopy?) behind man; remains of hieroglyphs and unidentified object at top edge. Condition: Poor. Entire stone heavily saturated with salts. Some of surface has been lost. Portions of face flaking. All edges very soft. Top edge of relief has been cut in modern times.
  • Record Completeness: Best (90%)
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