Fragmentary Relief of a King
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The individual represented here wears a wig with stylized, echeloned curls and a diadem with streamers. That he is a king is indicated by the cobra coiled around the diadem and rearing up at his brow.
Although once catalogued as a work of the fifteenth century B.C., the relief was subsequently realized to be a work of Dynasty XXVI, which also produced very elegant and highly finished sculptures both in the round and in relief.
ca. 664-525 B.C.E.
2 11/16 x 5 1/2 x 2 in. (6.8 x 13.9 x 5.1 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
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Fragmentary Relief of a King, ca. 664-525 B.C.E. Basalt, 2 11/16 x 5 1/2 x 2 in. (6.8 x 13.9 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.237. Creative Commons-BY
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.16.237_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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Relief fragment in fine-grained black-brown granite. In sunk relief, head of king (or queen) facing right, preserved from top of head to just under the eye. Elaborate headdress with diadem under uraeus. Sculptured portions unpolished. Undecorated surface highly polished.
Condition: Preserved portion in good condition. No inscription. Use of object not clear. Width seems preserved intact suggesting an inlay (?). Possibly a model but use of granite makes this unlikely. Headdress probably archaistic after late XVIIIth dynasty style.
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