Cosmetic Vessel in the Shape of a Dwarf
- New Kingdom, Amarna Period
- Dynasty 18
- reign of Amenhotep III–Akhenaten
- ca. 1353–1323 B.C.
- From Egypt; Said to be from Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten)
- Travertine (Egyptian alabaster) (?)
- H. 20.8 cm (8 3/16 in.); W. 9 cm (3 9/16 in.); D. 7.9 cm (3 1/8 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
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The twisting motion of the dwarf carrying a heavy storage jar on his shoulder defies the usual rigid frontality of Egyptian statuary, making this a true piece of sculpture in the round. Such an artistic liberty was acceptable for whimsical representations of anonymous servants but never would have been allowed in formal sculpture, even in the more expressive art of the Amarna period.