Statuette of a Soldier
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
The stylistic elements of this figure— soft body, round face, and large eyes— were inspired by similar sculptures of Amunhotep III. The subject was likely a military man: only soldiers wore this type of kilt. The style of the wig—introduced into Egypt by Nubian mercenaries earlier in the Eighteenth Dynasty—eventually became a favored hairstyle of Amunhotep’s daughter-in-law, Queen Nefertiti.
ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Man wearing the 'Nubian' hairstyle later adopted by Nefertiti and her family. Military kilt loosely knotted in front with pointed frontal flap. His hair and kilt identify him as a military officer. Left hand fisted and drilled to hold object; right hand open and held at right angle to body. Slightly swelling abdomen.
Left leg preserved to ankle; right leg cut off at knee and surface trimmed. Remains of black paint on wig. Base missing.
Egyptian. Statuette of a Soldier, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Wood, pigment, Height: 8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 57.64. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.57.64_erg456.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/5/2007
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