Statue of Ity-sen
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Great Hall, 1st Floor
Ancient Egyptian sculptors depicted people with idealized, youthful bodies in a limited number of poses. The most common standing pose showed the subject with the left leg extending forward. This attitude demonstrates the connection between Egyptian writing and sculpture; most hieroglyphs faced right, and in order to provide an unobstructed view of a figure’s two legs, the left leg had to be extended. Statues were considered three-dimensional hieroglyphs and were therefore created with the same profile as their two-dimensional counterparts.
ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E.
61 x 20 1/2 x 15 3/16 in. (155 x 52 x 38.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father Charles Edwin Wilbour
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Statue of Ity-sen, ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E. Limestone, 61 x 20 1/2 x 15 3/16 in. (155 x 52 x 38.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father Charles Edwin Wilbour, 37.365. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.365_view1_erg456.jpg)
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Limestone statue of a standing man. Arms at sides, left foot advanced. Kilt only clothing. Apparently left end figure of a triad.
Condition: Assembled from three pieces. Head and right hand missing. Both feet missing, instep of left foot is in a separate piece. Some minor chips. Several gravel incrustations on surface.
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