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Cloaked Official

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The Twelfth and early Thirteenth Dynasties comprised one of the most creative artistic epochs in Egyptian history. Artists introduced many new sculptural forms—some that continued for centuries and others that were soon abandoned.

One of the period’s most dramatic and long-lasting innovations was the cloaked statue. The cloak symbolized the god Osiris, whose corpse was wrapped tightly in bandages and who was eventually reborn to everlasting life. Individuals shown with their bodies shrouded in a thick mantle thus expressed the wish to be reborn following their own physical deaths.
MEDIUM Quartzite
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1759-1675 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY early Dynasty 13
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 27 1/2 in. (69.8 cm) Base: 4 3/4 x 16 1/4 x 16 3/4 in. (12 x 41.3 x 42.5 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Red-brown (with tinge of purple) quartzite statue of a man seated with legs folded under him, and wearing long plain cloak clasped in right hand, the left hand extended against breast, flat. Rippled wig with flaring sides and pointed ends, the face a portrait. High, almost square base with incomplete inscription across front top. Name lost. Condition: Upper half of statue virtually intact, nose chipped as are one point of wig, upper right arm and tips of fingers. Lower half of statue (from elbows down) in poor condition. Second half of inscription with title and name lost. Base is in about five pieces.
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