Height: 22.000 cm
Acquired in 1949, formerly in the collection of Hugh Algernon Percy, Duke of Northumberland
Ancient Egypt and Sudan
Graywacke statue of Meryankhre Mentuhotep VI
Probably from Thebes, said to come from Karnak
Late 13th Dynasty (about 1675-1650 BC)
A figure of strength and vigour
This small statue shows the Egyptian king Meryankhre Mentuhotep VI in a standing or striding position. The stance suggests vigour and action. It is typical of standing male statues, while women are shown with their feet together.
The short pleated
kilt and the
The facial features of the king are not intended to be a realistic portrayal. His heavy-lidded eyes and large ears are characteristic of the royal statuary of the period. His serious facial expression is intended to convey concern for the well-being of the country, another common feature. The emphasis of the muscles and bones of the torso and limbs of the king convey the impression of physical strength. The muscles around the knees are particularly delicately carved.
J. Putnam, Egyptology: an introduction to (London, Apple, 1990)
E.R. Russmann, Eternal Egypt: masterworks of (University of California Press, 2001)
J. Bourriau, Pharaohs and mortals: Egyptian (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1988)