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Statue of Metjetji

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
These two wooden statues, like another example nearby, come from the tomb of an official named Metjetji. They depict him at different stages of his career, signified by different details of his costume. On these statues, the unusually well-preserved paint shows beaded jewelry around his neck and strands of beads hanging from his belt. The figure holding a staff, with a round face and strong-looking body, may represent Metjetji as a young man. The other statue, slightly thinner, appears more serious, possibly to indicate the onset of middle age.
MEDIUM Wood, pigment
  • Possible Place Collected: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2371–2288 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 5 to early Dynasty 6
    PERIOD Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 27 9/16 in. (70 cm) base: 13 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. (35 x 4.5 x 17.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Standing wooden statue of Methethy, frontal, arms at sides, left leg advanced, Curled black wig. Entire surface gessoed and painted. Kilt white, pleated area yellow, polychrome bead apron and belt. Wsh collar and additional necklace, both elaborately painted. Large and elaborate counterpoise on back of torso. Separate, base inscribed in two columns. Condition: Poor. Statue intact but gesso broken in many places. Surface missing as under chin and lower jaws. Left chest and shoulder broken as in portion of left strand of long necklace. Scattered portions of arms missing. Small areas lost from legs. Lower right side and back of kilt lost. Left foot detached. Base, inscribed with two columns, split lengthwise into two pieces.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Statue of Metjetji, ca. 2371–2288 B.C.E. Wood, pigment, 27 9/16 in. (70 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 53.222. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 53.222_SL1.jpg)
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