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Statue of two men and a boy that served as a domestic icon

Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Akhenaten
Date:
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Southern Upper Egypt, Gebelein (Nag el-Gharira; Krokodilopolis)
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
h. 17 cm (6 11/16 in); w. 12.5 cm (4 15/16 in); D of base next to man 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in); D next to boy 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.150.21
  • Description

    This intriguing group has been variously interpreted as a family comprising a grandfather, a father, and a son, or as one man at three different stages of life. The latter is most unlikely as the multiple represenations of a single individual in one statue are not shown interacting as they do here. In fact careful examination of the faces and figures points to the fact that the statue is a kind of domestic icon. The figure at left is a high-status individual and likely the oldest; he is probably a revered relative or the respected overlord of the man and boy who stand closely entwined with one another. The statuette would probably have received veneration in the household of its owner.

  • Provenance

    Purchased by the Museum in Luxor from Mohammed Mohassib, 1911.

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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