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
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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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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.
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