Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Block statues show their subject seated on the ground with knees drawn up to the chest, resulting in a block-like form. Placed on the floor of a temple, block statues represented their owners with the head slightly tilted upwards, as if observing all temple rites and processions. Depicted this way, the priest Padimahes could eternally partake in the rituals performed for the gods. While a cloak envelops his legs and torso, his carefully modeled arms and feet remain uncovered—a somewhat unusual feature in statues of this type.
Granodiorite with feldspar phenocrystals
ca. 760-525 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 25 to early Dynasty 26
Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
18 1/4 x 8 11/16 x 12 5/8 in., 115 lb. (46.3 x 22 x 32.1 cm, 52.16kg) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Grey granite block statue of man with arms crossed right over left, palms flat; arms not covered; feet bare, wide wig; head distinctly raised, chin beardless. Base square in front, round corners in rear. Broad back pillar with three columns of text; one line around base and six lines on front of garment; one short column on top of base between feet. Name Pa-dy-ma-hes.
Condition: Front left corner of base and left foot broken off apparently long ago and replaced slightly misaligned. Cracked in many places on rear and sides, but entirely intact, especially face. Some slight chips; right rear corner missing.
This item is not on view
Egyptian. Padimahes, ca. 760-525 B.C.E. Granodiorite with feldspar phenocrystals, 18 1/4 x 8 11/16 x 12 5/8 in., 115 lb. (46.3 x 22 x 32.1 cm, 52.16kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 64.146. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 64.146_front_PS1.jpg)
front, 64.146_front_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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