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.
ca. 1336-1327 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
16 7/16 x 14 7/16 in. (41.8 x 36.6 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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.
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.
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)
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