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Statuette of a Cloaked Figure

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Late Twelfth Dynasty sculptors introduced a new subject: the male figure wearing a full-length, enveloping cloak. This new form—demonstrated by the example seen here—may reflect a sense of introspection evident in later Middle Kingdom texts, or it could refer to Osiris, god of the dead, who was buried in mummy bandages. An example of the block statue—a form developed shortly before the cloaked statue—is exhibited nearby.
MEDIUM Limestone, pigment
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1836–1759 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 12
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 9 1/16 x 5 3/8 in. (23 x 13.7 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1894, reportedly acquired by Heinrich Karl Brugsch (Brugsch-Pasha) of Berlin, Germany; before 1921, reportedly acquired from Heinrich Brugsch by an unidentified collector; between 1921 and 1930, provenance not yet documented; before 1930, acquired by Joseph Altounian of Paris, France; October 2, 1930, purchased from Joseph Altounian by the Brummer Gallery, New York, NY; February 8, 1941, purchased from the Brummer Gallery (P7307) by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Yellow limestone statuette of a seated man. He wears a long cloak drawn tightly around body and grasped with right hand. Left hand extended flat on breast, palm down. Pleated wig. Simple block throne with plinth extending up to base of wig. Inscription on plinth, sides of throne and base. Name lost. Inscriptions: inscriptions on throne seem to be conventional offering formula texts. Inscription on plinth not entirely clear. “An offering which the king gives and Geb for” are the following words titles of the deceased? Condition: Broken at hips and assembled. Major portion of sides and back of throne missing. Portion of left foot missing. Area around left knee missing. Remains of paint, entire cloak originally painted pinkish-red. Wig and eyes painted black.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Statuette of a Cloaked Figure, ca. 1836–1759 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 9 1/16 x 5 3/8 in. (23 x 13.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 41.83. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.83_SL1.jpg)
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