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Prisoner with head and hands held in a restraint

Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
1000–30 BC
From Egypt
Cupreous metal
H. 4.5 × W. 3.6 × D. 1.7 cm (1 3/4 × 1 7/16 × 11/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Lily S. Place, 1923
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
A figure is depicted whose head and arms are held in a restraint. The cast is disfigured by cracks and the surface is worn, so that it is difficult to see the face; still the head seems to have a heavy jaw that resembles an animal's. The figure is nude, and its belly protrudes. On the reverse may be seen four square depressions, two at the top of the back and two more just below those, whose purpose is not clear.

Occasionally persons being punished or foreign captives are depicted in restraints, but the restraints are of different sorts than those here. The meaning of the figure as well as its date require further investigation.
Collection of Lily S. Place, Cairo. Donated by Lily Place to the museum, 1923.

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