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.
ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E.
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)
A single line of inscription down the front and another one around the base.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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)
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Gray-green schist block statue of Min. Cloak envelopes entire body, except for his hands, the right one clutching a handkerchief.
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