Statuette of a Male Deity
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The figure's large wig and unusual clothing, which consists of a penis sheath attached to a belt, indicate that he is a deity, but his exact identity is uncertain. Made for either a temple or a king's tomb, this statue was the product of a royal workshop, where very hard stone such as gneiss was finely and carefully modeled. This depiction of the god's strong, youthful body reflects the ideal of the male form in early Old Kingdom sculpture.
ca. 2675-2625 B.C.E.
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Statuette of a Male Deity, ca. 2675-2625 B.C.E. Gneiss, 8 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. (21.3 x 9.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 58.192. Creative Commons-BY
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Statuette in Chephren diorite of a standing man, perhaps a diety or nome god. Conventional pose, with left leg advanced, hands by sides, knife clasped in right hand. Plain wig, beard and Libyan phallic sheath. Sculpture stands against round-topped uninscribed stela.
Preserved only to knees.
Condition: Preserved only to knees. Right hand broken, left elbow chipped. Minor and scattered chips.
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