Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Sculptor's Trial Piece showing a Nubian Head

Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Akhenaten
Date:
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten), Sculptors' workshops in the town, Petrie/Carter excavations, 1891–92
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
h. 10.2 cm (4 in); w. 9 cm (3 9/16 in); d. 2 cm (13/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.2.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122
The heightened expressiveness with which the sculptor depicted the ethnic features of a Nubian (a native of the area south of Egypt) is characteristic of the art of Amarna. In particular, this work is reminiscent of the images of Nubians and West Asians found in Haremhab’s tomb at Saqqara, which he built for himself while he was still the chief of Tutankhamun’s army.
Excavated at Amarna by Petrie and Carter 1891-2. Received by Lord Amherst in the division of finds. Purchased by Joseph Brummer at Sotheby's, London, 1921 (Amherst Sale, lots 851-3). Purchased by the Museum from Joseph Brummer 1922.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 284, fig. 172.

Hibbard, Howard 1980. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Harper & Row, 45, fig. 88.

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