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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

These two men wear costumes and carry clubs that identify them as guards or policemen. They are probably engaged in a spirited discussion, or perhaps an argument. Note how the artist represented them gesturing with their hands, as if each were trying to emphasize his point.

MEDIUM Limestone, pigment
DATES ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
DIMENSIONS 8 1/4 x 11 5/8 in. (21 x 29.5 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fragment of limestone relief. In sunk relief, two policemen (or soldier?) in conversation, facing. Plain wigs, long skirts with flaring, pleated triangular fronts. Right hand of each extended with police stick clasped in left hand. Dividing line at right end with faint traces of still another scene at extreme right. Poor work. Condition: Incomplete. Scattered chips. Red paint on all worked surfaces, apparently water paint and new.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Conversation, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 8 1/4 x 11 5/8 in. (21 x 29.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund , 61.195.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 61.195.2_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 61.195.2_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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