Left Foot from an Anthropoid Coffin
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The pliability of wood allows for more detailed and naturalistic carving than stone. Because of the scarcity and cost of the material in ancient Egypt, the feet and arms of wooden statues or anthropoid (i.e., human-shaped) coffins were often made separately.
The fact that this life-size painted foot extends as far as the heel suggests that it was originally part of a coffin rather than a statue. Although independently modeled feet on anthropoid coffins appeared as early as the late New Kingdom, the sandals and red outline of toenails on this foot are more typical of the Greco-Roman period.
30 B.C.-2nd century C.E.
2 1/16 x 3 1/5 x 6 5/8 in. (5.2 x 7.7 x 16.8 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Left Foot from an Anthropoid Coffin, 30 B.C.-2nd century C.E. Wood, plaster, 2 1/16 x 3 1/5 x 6 5/8 in. (5.2 x 7.7 x 16.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.2041.1E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.2041.1E_top_PS2.jpg)
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