Statue of Metjetji
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
These two wooden statues, like another example nearby, come from the tomb of an official named Metjetji. They depict him at different stages of his career, signified by different details of his costume. On these statues, the unusually well-preserved paint shows beaded jewelry around his neck and strands of beads hanging from his belt. The figure holding a staff, with a round face and strong-looking body, may represent Metjetji as a young man. The other statue, slightly thinner, appears more serious, possibly to indicate the onset of middle age.
ca. 2371-2288 B.C.E.
late V Dynasty to early VI Dynasty
27 9/16 in. (70 cm)
base: 13 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. (35 x 4.5 x 17.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Statue of Metjetji, ca. 2371-2288 B.C.E. Wood, pigment, 27 9/16 in. (70 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 53.222. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 53.222_SL1.jpg)
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Standing wooden statue of Methethy, frontal, arms at sides, left leg advanced, Curled black wig. Entire surface gessoed and painted. Kilt white, pleated area yellow, polychrome bead apron and belt. Wsh collar and additional necklace, both elaborately painted. Large and elaborate counterpoise on back of torso. Separate, base inscribed in two columns.
Condition: Poor. Statue intact but gesso broken in many places. Surface missing as under chin and lower jaws. Left chest and shoulder broken as in portion of left strand of long necklace. Scattered portions of arms missing. Small areas lost from legs. Lower right side and back of kilt lost. Left foot detached. Base, inscribed with two columns, split lengthwise into two pieces.
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