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Detail from a Row of Foreigners

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

The feathered headdress and distinctive facial features identify this man as a Nubian, an inhabitant of the land south of Egypt. Comparable figures on more complete scenes indicate that this fragment originally showed rows of Nubians, Syrians and Canaanites kneeling and extending their arms in adoration of Akhenaten.

CULTURE Egyptian
MEDIUM Sandstone
  • Possible Place Collected: Thebes (Karnak), Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1353–1336 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 9 3/16 x 7 3/16 x 2 7/16 in. (23.3 x 18.2 x 6.2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented, possibly from the temple Rewd-Menew, Karnak, Egypt; by February 25, 1972, acquired by Edith and Milton Lowenthal of New York, NY; 1974, gift of Edith and Milton Lowenthal to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Portion of sandstone talatat with decoration in sunk relief. In one register are the upper half and raised hands of a Nubian and the arms and hands of two other figures. In the upper register are portions of two figures. Traces of black in feather of Nubian and red flesh of all figures. Condition: Modern oblique cut at right-hand edge all other edges damaged. Nicks in areas.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Egyptian. Detail from a Row of Foreigners, ca. 1353–1336 B.C.E. Sandstone, 9 3/16 x 7 3/16 x 2 7/16 in. (23.3 x 18.2 x 6.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 74.154. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 74.154_SL1.jpg)
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