New Kingdom Wooden Sculpture of a Standing Official - X.0206 - For Sale

New Kingdom Wooden Sculpture of a Standing Official - X.0206
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Origin: Egypt
Circa: 1450 BC to 1070 BC
Dimensions: 20" (50.8cm) high
Collection: Egyptian
Style: New Kingdom
Medium: Wood
Wooden sculptures from Ancient Egypt are exceedingly rare, since fine wood was scarce and expensive. Like most wooden sculpture from Ancient Egypt, the arms of this sculpture were carved separately and pegged into place on the torso. This male figure stands with his arms held rigidly at his side, fists clenched tightly, and his legs locked together. The traditional hallmarks of Egyptian art are clearly evident: an elongated, slender body, limbs that lack muscular definition, a slightly oversized head with large eyes, and a narrow chin with a slightly smiling mouth. However, the New Kingdom was characterized by an influx of naturalistic tendencies initiated by the religious upheaval (albeit temporary) instituted by Pharaoh Akhetaten. These realistic tendencies can be found on this sculpture in the details of the man’s facial features, specifically his clearly defined cheekbones. The triangular-shaped overhang of his long skirt falls in between his legs. His hair has been carefully groomed into a helmet shape that leaves his ears exposed. While similar sculptures feature hieroglyphic inscriptions that aid in attributing the identity of the figure, this work bears no such inscription, leaving the name of this man a mystery. Who might he have been? A pharaoh? A priest? A scribe? Surely he was someone of tremendous importance and great stature in order to be honored with such a gorgeous rendition of his being. - (X.0206)

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