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Statuette of a Soldier

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 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 unusual iconography suggests that the subject was 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.

CULTURE Egyptian
MEDIUM Wood, traces of black paint
  • Place Made: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS Height: 8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Egyptian. Statuette of a Soldier, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Wood, traces of black paint, Height: 8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 57.64. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.57.64_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/5/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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    Statuette of a Soldier