Statuette of a Soldier
The stylistic elements of this figure—soft body, round face, and large eyes—were inspired by similar sculptures of Amunhotep III. The unusual iconography suggests that the subject was a military man: only soldiers wore this type of kilt. The style of the wig—introduced into Egypt by Nubian mercenaries earlier in the Eighteenth Dynasty—eventually became a favored hairstyle of Amunhotep's daughter-in-law, Queen Nefertiti.
- Medium: Wood, traces of black paint
- Place Made: Thebes, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: Height: 8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 57.64
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Statuette of a Soldier, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Wood, traces of black paint, Height: 8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 57.64. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Man wearing the 'Nubian' hairstyle later adopted by Nefertiti and her family. Military kilt loosely knotted in front with pointed frontal flap. His hair and kilt identify him as a military officer. Left hand fisted and drilled to hold object; right hand open and held at right angle to body. Slightly swelling abdomen. Left leg preserved to ankle; right leg cut off at knee and surface trimmed. Remains of black paint on wig. Base missing.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)