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Ahmose, also known as Ruru

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Middle Kingdom style influenced Eighteenth Dynasty royal and non-royal sculpture and relief until the middle of the dynasty. This seated figure represents a man named Ahmose, who the inscription reveals was commonly known as Ruru. The artist depicted Ahmose in a wig and a cloak derived from Middle Kingdom prototypes. The short chin beard, wide eyes, and strongly arched brows, however, reflect the style of his own time.
MEDIUM Graywacke
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1478–1458 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 15 x 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (38.1 x 13.4 x 19 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological, provenance not yet documented; before 1961, reportedly acquired by an unidentified Irish dealer; before 1961, reportedly purchased from an unidentified Irish dealer by Kenneth John Hewett of the United Kingdom; 1961, purchased from Kenneth John Hewett by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Grey schist seated statue of the First King’s Son of Amun, the Pacifier of the Koptite Nome, the Overseer of the Priests of Min of Koptos Ahmose called Ruru. Striated wig, plain beard, long plain cloak enveloping body and clasped in right hand, left hand open flat on breast. Single column of inscription down front center, six columns on each side of seat and two on back pillar. All cartouches of Hatshepsut obliterated and replaced by those of Thutmose I. Matt finish. Condition: Front of inscribed base lost. Left rear corner of seat chipped as is rear base.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Ahmose, also known as Ruru, ca. 1478–1458 B.C.E. Graywacke, 15 x 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (38.1 x 13.4 x 19 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.196. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 61.196_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 61.196_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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