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Block Statue of Min

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The texts on this statue identify the subject as a man named Min, an overseer of weavers. The block statue, invented in the Middle Kingdom, shows a figure sitting on the ground, often enveloped in a cloak from which only his head and hands emerge. This compact form was well-suited to the heavily traveled outer rooms of temples. The broad, striated wig and the placement of the short inscription running vertically between the figure’s knees suggest that the sculptor followed a Middle Kingdom prototype.
  • Possible Place Made: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E.
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 9 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 6 in. (23.5 x 11.4 x 15.2 cm) base: 1 9/16 in. (4 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS A single line of inscription down the front and another one around the base.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Block Statue of Min, ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E. Schist, 9 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 6 in. (23.5 x 11.4 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.249E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.249E_erg456.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.249E_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Grey-green schist block statue of Min. His cloak entirely envelopes the body, only the hands emerging from the sleeves of the garment. The contours of the body are subtly visible under the garment. Arms are crossed, right over left, the right clutching a handkerchief just visible by the thumb. The wide, striated wig falls to the shoulders, pushing his large ears forward. The eyes are rounded with lightly hooded upper lids. The eyebrows and cosmetic line are incised in low, delicate relief. He sits on a stela-shaped base. A single column of inscription runs down the front, and one continuous line around the base. Condition: Excellent overall, the nose slightly damaged. The left, front section of the base is broken off, rendering one-half of the line of inscription unreadable.
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