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Fragment of the Feet and Base of a Statue

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The kneeling statue type, which gained popularity from the New Kingdom onward, illustrates a new development in religious practices. At this time nonroyal individuals began to be represented kneeling and holding a divine image. The inscription identifies Hermopolis as the location of the temple where this statue was likely set up. The break in this fragment encourages closer examination of the sculptor’s attention to the realistic rendering of each toe and the arch of the foot.
MEDIUM Siltstone or Greywacke
  • Possible Place Made: Hermopolis, Egypt
  • DATES 664-332 B.C.
    DYNASTY early Dynasty XXVI
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 5/8 x 4 11/16 x 4 13/16 in. (11.7 x 11.9 x 12.2 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed around base and on remains of back pillar.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of John D. Hoag
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Fragment of the Feet and Base of a Statue, 664-332 B.C. Siltstone or Greywacke, 4 5/8 x 4 11/16 x 4 13/16 in. (11.7 x 11.9 x 12.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John D. Hoag, 79.31. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE 3/4, 79.31_threequarter_right_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One grey granite schist fragment of the lower portion of a statue, inscribed. Condition: The case is chipped; there are nicks in the toes.
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    Fragment of the Feet and Base of a Statue