Fragmentary Statuette of a Man
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Unlike most faience statuettes from this period that were made as funerary figurines, this rare example represents an individual. The deep blue glaze, imitating the imported semiprecious stone called lapis lazuli, might have been used to indicate that the subject was a foreigner.
ca. 1479-1390 B.C.E.
2 1/8 × 1 1/2 × 7/8 in. (5.4 × 3.8 × 2.2 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Upper part of a figure of a man in deep blue faience, perhaps imitating lapis lazuli. May have been modeled by hand, with details added before firing with a pointed tool. The figure stood with his arms at his sides. He wore a kilt (top preserved) as well as a broad collar necklace. A back pillar extending about 3/4 of the way up the back of his head; its corners are slightly rounded.
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Fragmentary Statuette of a Man, ca. 1479-1390 B.C.E. Faience, 2 1/8 × 1 1/2 × 7/8 in. (5.4 × 3.8 × 2.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.334E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.334E_NegA_print_bw.jpg)
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Could you tell me how faience was made?
Faience is a man-made mixture of "ground quartz or quartz-sand held together by and alkaline binder. The bright and shiny surface
seen on this figurine is a result of glazing. The glaze was made of a form of powdered glass mixed with a liquid and applied either with a brush or by dipping the entire figurine.
It gets it's blue color from copper that is mixed into or applied to the surface of the quartz body before firing.