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
ca. 874-773 B.C.E.
Third Intermediate Period
17 1/8 × 16 15/16 × 1 15/16 in. (43.5 × 43 × 5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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.
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)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.75.167_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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Did this style of wig signify profession or status?
Very perceptive! This isn't a particularly remarkable wig in styling, but it is of very fine quality, which, of course, indicates wealth and thus status.
What identifies this individual as a god or king is the bottom of a sundisk that you can see over his head and the remnants of a uraeus cobra coming from his forehead.
I hadn't noticed that!