Figure of a Bound Foreign Prisoner
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The ancient Egyptians thought of their country as the center of the ordered universe and frequently viewed everything and everyone outside it as part of the threatening eternal chaos within which the universe was created. Because of the importance of images and their manipulation in Egyptian magic, the Egyptians believed that representations of bound foreigners (here a Nubian) could be ritually "tortured" or buried to aid in the magical subjugation of potential malign forces.
ca. 1979-1801 B.C.E.
XII Dynasty (possibly)
Middle Kingdom (possibly)
4 7/16 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (11.3 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Egyptian. Figure of a Bound Foreign Prisoner, ca. 1979-1801 B.C.E. Limestone, 4 7/16 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (11.3 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 73.23. Creative Commons-BY
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One figure of a bound Nubian prisoner worked in very soft limestone. Kneeling with arms pulled behind back. Wearing a short wig. An ear plug (?) in right ear worked in the stone, gone from left ear. Features worn. Torse very long. Traces of dark red-brown over all flesh areas most of which remains on back. Traces of black on hair.
Condition: Most paint gone. Surface abrasions and worn areas, nose and mouth very worn.
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