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Early Metal Statuette

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Although ancient texts reveal that the Egyptians fashioned copper statuary in human form at least as early the Second Dynasty, this Middle Kingdom statuette is one of the oldest preserved examples. The figure stands in a traditional pose, with the same type of kilt and short hair that appear on many stone images of officials.
MEDIUM Copper
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XII Dynasty
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 5 11/16 × 1 9/16 in. (14.4 × 4 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 35.1274
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Early Metal Statuette, ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E. Copper, 5 11/16 × 1 9/16 in. (14.4 × 4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1274. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.35.1274_erg2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.35.1274_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 10/16/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bronze figure of a standing man in the conventional posture. He wears a long kilt. The details of the head are rather course and his arms are a trifle too long. The bronze has taken on a dark green patina. He wears a metal band on his right wrist. Condition: Excellent.
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