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Man squatting with head resting on his hands on his knees

Period:
Macedonian-Ptolemaic Period
Date:
332–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Bronze or copper alloy
Dimensions:
5 cm (1 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1411
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    Formerly Carnarvon Collection, purchased in Cairo before 1923. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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