Bust of an Official

Late Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127

Only very occasionally do Egyptian statues seem to convey a mood of sadness or concern like this one. This statue has plausibly been dated to the post-Persian Period where such features seem to fit best. The position of the arms and the lack of a back pillar suggest the original statue represented a cross-legged sitting official; if so, it would then be one of the several revivals in the fourth century of features that had gone out of vogue in early Dynasty 26.

Bust of an Official, Greywacke

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