Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Fragment of a sculptured statue base depicting an Asiatic prisoner

New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty 19
reign of Ramesses I–Seti I
ca. 1300–1250 B.C.
From Egypt
h. 21.6 cm (8 1/2 in); w. 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in); d. 18 cm (7 1/16 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1990
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 403
Ancient Egyptian artists expressed the might of the pharaoh through a variety of images. One of these is the image of the pharaoh standing or enthroned above the bodies of foreigner captives.

This fragment of a statue base shows the head and shoulder of a Syrian who is characterized by long strands of hair confined by a headband, a beard and mustache, and a fringed mantle embroidered with rosettes. The complete figure lay flat on his belly, his back pressed down by the reed mat on which the king stood. It is likely that captives from four different ethnic groups adorned each of the four corners of the statue base. The Syrian was at the rear corner. The adjacent blank face of the stone continued upward, forming an upright slab (or back pillar) behind the figure of the king.
Purchased from Peter Sharrer Ancient Art, New York, 1990. Published in BMMA Fall 1991 and subsequently, continuously exhibited.

Related Objects

Male god

Date: ca. 1390–1352 B.C. Medium: Granodiorite Accession: 19.2.15 On view in:Gallery 119

Statuette of Kary

Date: ca. 1304–1237 B.C. Medium: Wood Accession: 65.114 On view in:Gallery 124

Statue of two men and a boy that served as a domestic icon

Date: ca. 1353–1336 B.C. Medium: Limestone, paint Accession: 11.150.21 On view in:Gallery 121

Haremhab as a Scribe of the King

Date: ca. 1336–1323 B.C. Medium: Granodiorite Accession: 23.10.1 On view in:Gallery 121

Standing figure of Amenhotep III

Date: ca. 1391–1353 B.C. Medium: Serpentinite Accession: 30.8.74 On view in:Gallery 119