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Sunk Relief of a God or Deified King

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

The identification of this figure is based on his long, curved beard and the remains of a solar disk resting immediately above his head in the manner of a crown. Two stylistic details that occur sporadically in various periods are the hollow drilling of the hair curls and the sculptural demarcation of the eye's iris

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Possible Place Made: Northern Egypt
  • DATES ca. 874-773 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXII Dynasty
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 17 1/8 × 16 15/16 × 1 15/16 in. (43.5 × 43 × 5 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 75.167
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Sunk Relief of a God or Deified King, ca. 874-773 B.C.E. Limestone, 17 1/8 × 16 15/16 × 1 15/16 in. (43.5 × 43 × 5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 75.167. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.75.167_wwg8.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.75.167_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone, sunk relief representation of a god, facing left; he wears a short wig (some curls are drilled), a fillet with uraeus whose streamers appear at back of neck over the far shoulder; a curved false beard, broad collar, armlet, and feathered halter complete his costume; above his head are the remains of what may be a sun disc. Condition: Piece missing from top, left hand corner; top, center and right-hand corner chipped; one crack runs from preserved arm through top of beard, into chin, through the lips, eye, brow, wig, and sun disc beyond; a second break run diagonally down left edge and meets the first and the curled tip of the beard. There are old large chips along the lower edge and several surfaces are scratched.
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