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Block Statue of Min, Overseer of the Weavers

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 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.
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.
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Block Statue of Min, Overseer of the Weavers, 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
IMAGE overall, CUR.37.249E_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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