Early Block Statue
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Developed in the beginning of the Twelfth Dynasty, the block statue was probably the most significant and long-lasting artistic innovation of its time. The form did not prove immediately popular—only fifty-six Middle Kingdom examples are known—but in each succeeding period it became more common. By the Late Period (Twenty-sixth through Thirty-first Dynasties), block statues were the most prevalent sculptural type. Nearly one thousand examples are known.
ca. 1836-1759 B.C.E.
late XII Dynasty
26 3/8 in. (67 cm)
base: 17 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 13 3/8 in. (44.5 x 8.5 x 34 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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