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Nubian Comrades

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

This fragment of a battle scene shows two Nubian warriors. The man on the right has been wounded in combat. He is supported by a fellow soldier who carries a long Sudanese bow.

Egyptian artisans developed different conventions to depict foreigners. In this example, the hoop earrings and the fleshy folds extending from the nostrils to the corners of the mouth identify these men as Nubians.

CULTURES Nubian; Egyptian
MEDIUM Sandstone
DATES ca. 1352–1213 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period or later
DIMENSIONS 15 1/2 x 21 7/16 in. (39.4 x 54.4 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large brown sandstone block with two heads in raised relief. The heads are facing and each wears a large circular earring. Condition: Minor chips.Condition very satisfactory.
CAPTION Nubian. Nubian Comrades, ca. 1352–1213 B.C.E. Sandstone, 15 1/2 x 21 7/16 in. (39.4 x 54.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 37.413. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.413_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 37.413_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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