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Soldiers Honoring Their Lord

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

The kings of the Eighteenth Dynasty extended Egyptian military influence from the Euphrates River in modern Iraq to sub-Saharan Africa. Their army consisted of highly trained professional soldiers led by an able officer corps drawn from the ranks of the Egyptian nobility.

This relief shows a group of such soldiers resting their staves on the ground and raising their arms in a gesture of veneration toward either the ruling monarch or their general. Note the wide range of ethnic types—no doubt an accurate reflection of the composition of the Egyptian military during the New Kingdom.

MEDIUM Limestone, pigment
DATES ca. 1336–1327 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
DIMENSIONS 16 7/16 x 14 7/16 in. (41.8 x 36.6 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented, possibly from the Tomb of Horemheb at Memphis, Egypt; by 1932, acquired by Edouard Jonas of Paris, France and New York, Ny; 1932, purchased from Edouard Jonas by the Brooklyn Museum.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fragment of painted limestone raised relief. Group of military men are acclaiming the rewarding of General Horemheb. Right arm of Horemheb at extreme upper right corner. Two lines of incised inscription at top left center. Inscription: “Standard Bearer to the cavalry squadron of Meryt-Aten (named Khai)” or “Standard bearer of the regiment, Love of the Aten, Minka’y.” Condition: Good. Minor chips at edges. Paint faded and is missing in sections.
CAPTION Soldiers Honoring Their Lord, ca. 1336–1327 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 16 7/16 x 14 7/16 in. (41.8 x 36.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 32.103. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 32.103_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 32.103_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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