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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
  • Place Excavated: Sesebi
  • DATES ca. 1352-1213 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 15 1/2 x 21 7/16 in. (39.4 x 54.4 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.413
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
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    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)
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    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.
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