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Statue of Metjetji

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
MEDIUM Wood, painted
  • Possible Place Collected: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2371-2288 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late V Dynasty-early VI Dynasty
    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
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Statue of Metjetji, ca. 2371-2288 B.C.E. Wood, painted, 27 9/16 in. (70 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 53.222. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 53.222_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    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.
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