Was this made by Egyptians or Romans in Egypt?
Good eye! This sculpture is purely Roman in origin, but is certainly something that the Egyptians would have been aware of in the Classical period. The was a great deal of blending of cultures in the Roman-period Mediterranean.
This statue is really reminiscent of Greek statues. I'm just wondering how it found its way into the ancient Egyptian exhibit.
Great observation! This particular statue actually comes from Alexandria, Egypt, but it is indeed a Greek form copied by a Roman period artist. This work was produced at a time (around 100 CE) when Rome ruled Egypt and there was a lot of trade in and around the Mediterranean.
Would you say this style of art greatly influenced Egyptian art from then on? It looks like some statues, though clearly Egyptian are more...Classical?
It was definitely a melding of cultures and art and iconographic styles. Egyptian aesthetics were retained in most cases but there was a whole new source of artistic traditions and techniques flooding in. Its fun to compare and contrast how Egyptian art changed through time. You can traces the evolution from the Old Kingdom through the Middle and New Kingdom and then the Roman period!
Okay. Thank you very much!
What does "circa 100 CE" mean?
"Circa" means around or approximately and 100 CE refers to to the same year that you may have heard referred to as 100 AD. For example, this year would be 2018 CE.