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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA2320

  • Description

    Wooden male figure: the face is idealized; the smile is derived ultimately from the benign curve in the lips of Amenhotep III, whose slight smile was emulated during the Amarna Period, at the end of the Eighteenth Dynasty, and eventually on some representations of Ramses II in the Nineteenth Dynasty. The man's costume places him in the last decades of the Eighteenth Dynasty or the first years of the Nineteenth. He wears a double wig, shirt, and kilt. The front sections of the double wig comprise large, full bunches of curls, spilling down onto the chest. The shirtsleeves were now much long, wide, and floppy. The kilt is entirely pleated, and the tucking and flouncing of its front panel is intricate. He was originally painted.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1400BC (circa)
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36 centimetres
    • Length: 12.8 centimetres
    • Width: 9 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The titles and name of this man were probably inscribed on the base, which is lost (the feet and base are modern restorations), as is the object - undoubtedly an emblem of office - that he one held in his proper right hand.

    Bibliography:
    B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' I (2) (Oxford: Clarendon Press), 789;
    H. R. Hall, 'Some Wooden Figures of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Dynasties in the British Museum. Part II' in 'Journal of Egyptian Archaeology' 16, p.39;
    'Egyptian Treasures' [exhibition catalogue] (Shanghai, 1999), 46-47 No 7;
    C. Andrews, 'Egyptian Treasures from the British Museum' (Hong Kong, 1998), p.54 Cat.no.9; G. Robins, ‘The Art of Ancient Egypt’ (London, 1997), p. 142, fig. 163.

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  • Bibliography

    • Russmann 2001 91 bibliographic details
    • Andrews 2000 p.32-33 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    fair

  • Conservation

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  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA2320

  • Registration number

    .2320

  • Additional IDs

    • BS.2320 (Birch Slip Number)
Wooden male figure with a curled lappet-wig and long apron; originally painted.

Wooden male figure with a curled lappet-wig and long apron; originally painted.

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