Statuette of a Male Deity
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.
- Medium: Gneiss
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 2675-2625 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: III Dynasty
- Period: Old Kingdom
- Dimensions: 8 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. (21.3 x 9.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 58.192
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: 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
- Catalogue Description: 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.
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)