Fragmentary Statuette of a Man
In Dynasty 18, artisans frequently made shawabtis (funerary figures) out of faience, a glasslike material. Other types of individual faience statuettes, such as this example, are extremely rare. The short, thick wig depicted on this figure was favored by Egyptian men in mid-Dynasty 18. The deep blue glaze, imitating an imported semiprecious stone called lapis lazuli, might have been used to indicate that the subject was a foreigner.
- Medium: Faience
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1479-1390 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 2 1/16 x 1 3/8 in. (5.2 x 3.5 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: 37.334E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Fragmentary Statuette of a Man, ca. 1479-1390 B.C.E. Faience, 2 1/16 x 1 3/8 in. (5.2 x 3.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.334E. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Upper part of a figure of a man in deep blue faience, perhaps imitating lapis lazuli. May have been modeled by hand, with details added before firing with a pointed tool. The figure stood with his arms at his sides. He wore a kilt (top preserved) as well as a broad collar necklace. A back pillar extending about 3/4 of the way up the back of his head; its corners are slightly rounded.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)