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Seated Pair Statuette

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18–19
ca. 1336–1250 B.C.
From Egypt
H. 15.2 (6 in.); W. 9.4 (3 11/16 in.); D. 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124
This statuette depicts a man and a woman sitting side by side, supporting each other's back with their arms. The man is dressed in a modishly long tunic under a fringed sash-kilt and the woman wears a fashionable wrap-around dress knotted just below her breasts. Their stools are represented in almost as great detail as their clothing and coiffures. The seat of the man's stool is woven and its legs enclose a lattice bracing. The woman sits on a different stool with flared legs, as often appears in seated pair statues of this period. Such statues were usually placed in a niche at the tomb or at a chapel.
Purchased in Egypt from Mohammed Mohassib, 1907.

Lythgoe, Albert M. 1907. "Recent Egyptian Acquisitions." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 2, no. 12 (December), p. 195.

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, pp. 380-1.

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