Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
These two men wear costumes and carry clubs that identify them as guards or policemen. They are probably engaged in a spirited discussion, or perhaps an argument. Note how the artist represented them gesturing with their hands, as if each were trying to emphasize his point.
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Fragment of limestone relief. In sunk relief, two policemen (or soldier?) in conversation, facing. Plain wigs, long skirts with flaring, pleated triangular fronts. Right hand of each extended with police stick clasped in left hand. Dividing line at right end with faint traces of still another scene at extreme right. Poor work.
Condition: Incomplete. Scattered chips. Red paint on all worked surfaces, apparently water paint and new.
This item is not on view
Conversation, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 8 1/4 x 11 5/8 in. (21 x 29.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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These reliefs are carved into limestone and has been painted. This type of carving is called “sunk relief” because the background area is not carved away around the images and they appear sunken into the stone’s surface. Everything in this gallery comes from the reign of King Akhenaten (also known as the Amarna Period after where he built his capital) during the later part of the 18th Dynasty early in the New Kingdom, around 1352 to 1336 BCE.