In this fragment, three officials, bowing at the waist, hold curious sticks with frayed ends. The parted lips of the figure at the left suggest that he is talking or chanting. The two preserved faces both show signs of aging. These men are probably minor actors in a royal or religious scene.
Norbert Schimmel Collection, by 1964, published and exhibited frequently from that time. Donated to the Museum by Mr. Schimmel, 1985.
Mertens, Joan, Catharine H. Roehrig, Marsha Hill, Elizabeth J. Milleker, and Oscar White Muscarella 1992. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 49, no. 4 (Spring), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 57, no. 38.