Collections: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art: Statue of Metjetji

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    Statue of Metjetji

    Metjetji, the subject of this statue, is shown in later life, with the long kilt of a senior official and, as viewed from the side, a rather flabby torso. The expensive addition of inlaid stone eyes with copper rims suggests that this one was considered the most important of Metjetji's statues. A large head, big eyes, and very long fingers often appear on statues of this time; here they seem to suggest wisdom and maturity.

    • Medium: Wood, gessoed and painted; alabaster, obsidian, copper
    • Possible Place Collected: Saqqara, Egypt
    • Dates: ca. 2371-2288 B.C.E.
    • Dynasty: late V Dynasty-early VI Dynasty
    • Period: Old Kingdom
    • Dimensions: Height: 24 1/4 in. (61.6 cm) Base: 12 1/2 x 5 1/8 x 2 in. (31.8 x 13 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
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    • Accession Number: 51.1
    • Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Statue of Metjetji, ca. 2371-2288 B.C.E. Wood, gessoed and painted; alabaster, obsidian, copper, Height: 24 1/4 in. (61.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 51.1. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: x-ray, detail, CONS.51.1_2001_xrs_detail01.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2001
    • Catalogue Description: Standing wooden statue of Mtty (Methethy). Conventional pose, left leg advanced, left arm pendant at side, right hand clutches fold of long pleated skirt with thumb on inner side of fold. Hair (no headdress) indicated by black paint. Eyes inlaid in obsidian and alabaster outlined in copper. Only clothing is long gesso skirt with flaring triangular front, horizontally pleated. Rectangular base with incised inscription in two lines across front of top surface. Condition: Most of gesso lost from kilt. Some cracks in wood, especially on left side of face and hands. Body was painted light red, hair black. Feet considerably decayed.
    • Record Completeness: Best (92%)
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