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Man squatting with head resting on his hands on his knees

Period:
Ptolemaic Period
Date:
332–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Leaded bronze
Dimensions:
H. 5.2 × W. 2.7 × D. 3.1 cm (2 1/16 × 1 1/16 × 1 1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1411
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
This statuette belongs to a late type from Egypt seen in limestone or bronze depicting a nude individual resting with his hands and head on one or both knees. There are also small faience figures from Rhodes sometimes termed 'temple boys'' by scholars that seem to be related, as well as Hellenistic statuettes of 'Ethiopians.' This figure's large head, haggard features and fatigue are notable; a servant is probably intended, but the meaning of his fatigue or dejection is not clear to us.
Acquired by Lord Carnarvon (d. 1923) in Cairo. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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