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Statue of Ity-sen

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Ancient Egyptian sculptors depicted people with idealized, youthful bodies in a limited number of poses. The most common standing pose showed the subject with the left leg extending forward. This attitude demonstrates the connection between Egyptian writing and sculpture; most hieroglyphs faced right, and in order to provide an unobstructed view of a figure’s two legs, the left leg had to be extended. Statues were considered three-dimensional hieroglyphs and were therefore created with the same profile as their two-dimensional counterparts.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Possible Place Collected: Giza, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 5
    PERIOD Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 61 x 20 1/2 x 15 3/16 in. (155 x 52 x 38.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Statue of Ity-sen, ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E. Limestone, 61 x 20 1/2 x 15 3/16 in. (155 x 52 x 38.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.365. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.365_view1_erg456.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.365_view1_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/5/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone statue of a standing man. Arms at sides, left foot advanced. Kilt only clothing. Apparently left end figure of a triad. Condition: Assembled from three pieces. Head and right hand missing. Both feet missing, instep of left foot is in a separate piece. Some minor chips. Several gravel incrustations on surface.
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