Soldiers Honoring Their Lord
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 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 XVIII Dynasty
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
16 7/16 x 14 7/16 in. (41.8 x 36.6 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
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