Limestone block-statue of Inebny: the sculptor's clearly appreciated how the simple, broad planes of the cloaked form focused attention on the face; here, the effect has been dramatized by unusually sparing use of paint. The pose conveys  humility,  making  it  appropriate  for  a temple setting, and the shape offers large surfaces for inscription. Inebny's statue is striking for its use of colour, which draws attention to its two most important elements: the inscription, filled in with blue, and the head, on which the hair, eyes, and brows are painted black. The treatment of the eyes is particularly noteworthy because they appear as brown rather than the usual black. This effect was achieved by applying an initial layer of red paint that was then covered with black. The triangular shape of the face, with its wide-open eyes and arching brows, is typical of the period.

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Limestone block-statue of Inebny: the sculptor's clearly appreciated how the simple, broad planes of the cloaked form focused attention on the face; here, the effect has been dramatized by unusually sparing use of paint. The pose conveys humility, making it appropriate for a temple setting, and the shape offers large surfaces for inscription. Inebny's statue is striking for its use of colour, which draws attention to its two most important elements: the inscription, filled in with blue, and the head, on which the hair, eyes, and brows are painted black. The treatment of the eyes is particularly noteworthy because they appear as brown rather than the usual black. This effect was achieved by applying an initial layer of red paint that was then covered with black. The triangular shape of the face, with its wide-open eyes and arching brows, is typical of the period.

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  • Limestone block-statue of Inebny: the sculptor's clearly appreciated how the simple, broad planes of the cloaked form focused attention on the face; here, the effect has been dramatized by unusually sparing use of paint. The pose conveys  humility,  making  it  appropriate  for  a temple setting, and the shape offers large surfaces for inscription. Inebny's statue is striking for its use of colour, which draws attention to its two most important elements: the inscription, filled in with blue, and the head, on which the hair, eyes, and brows are painted black. The treatment of the eyes is particularly noteworthy because they appear as brown rather than the usual black. This effect was achieved by applying an initial layer of red paint that was then covered with black. The triangular shape of the face, with its wide-open eyes and arching brows, is typical of the period.

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  • Limestone block-statue of Inebny: the sculptor's clearly appreciated how the simple, broad planes of the cloaked form focused attention on the face; here, the effect has been dramatized by unusually sparing use of paint. The pose conveys  humility,  making  it  appropriate  for  a temple setting, and the shape offers large surfaces for inscription. Inebny's statue is striking for its use of colour, which draws attention to its two most important elements: the inscription, filled in with blue, and the head, on which the hair, eyes, and brows are painted black. The treatment of the eyes is particularly noteworthy because they appear as brown rather than the usual black. This effect was achieved by applying an initial layer of red paint that was then covered with black. The triangular shape of the face, with its wide-open eyes and arching brows, is typical of the period.

    Full: Front

  • Limestone block-statue of Inebny: the sculptor's clearly appreciated how the simple, broad planes of the cloaked form focused attention on the face; here, the effect has been dramatized by unusually sparing use of paint. The pose conveys  humility,  making  it  appropriate  for  a temple setting, and the shape offers large surfaces for inscription. Inebny's statue is striking for its use of colour, which draws attention to its two most important elements: the inscription, filled in with blue, and the head, on which the hair, eyes, and brows are painted black. The treatment of the eyes is particularly noteworthy because they appear as brown rather than the usual black. This effect was achieved by applying an initial layer of red paint that was then covered with black. The triangular shape of the face, with its wide-open eyes and arching brows, is typical of the period.

    Full: Front

  • Limestone block-statue of Inebny: the sculptor's clearly appreciated how the simple, broad planes of the cloaked form focused attention on the face; here, the effect has been dramatized by unusually sparing use of paint. The pose conveys  humility,  making  it  appropriate  for  a temple setting, and the shape offers large surfaces for inscription. Inebny's statue is striking for its use of colour, which draws attention to its two most important elements: the inscription, filled in with blue, and the head, on which the hair, eyes, and brows are painted black. The treatment of the eyes is particularly noteworthy because they appear as brown rather than the usual black. This effect was achieved by applying an initial layer of red paint that was then covered with black. The triangular shape of the face, with its wide-open eyes and arching brows, is typical of the period.

    Full: Front

  • Limestone block-statue of Inebny: the sculptor's clearly appreciated how the simple, broad planes of the cloaked form focused attention on the face; here, the effect has been dramatized by unusually sparing use of paint. The pose conveys  humility,  making  it  appropriate  for  a temple setting, and the shape offers large surfaces for inscription. Inebny's statue is striking for its use of colour, which draws attention to its two most important elements: the inscription, filled in with blue, and the head, on which the hair, eyes, and brows are painted black. The treatment of the eyes is particularly noteworthy because they appear as brown rather than the usual black. This effect was achieved by applying an initial layer of red paint that was then covered with black. The triangular shape of the face, with its wide-open eyes and arching brows, is typical of the period.

    Full: Front

  • Limestone block-statue of Inebny: the sculptor's clearly appreciated how the simple, broad planes of the cloaked form focused attention on the face; here, the effect has been dramatized by unusually sparing use of paint. The pose conveys  humility,  making  it  appropriate  for  a temple setting, and the shape offers large surfaces for inscription. Inebny's statue is striking for its use of colour, which draws attention to its two most important elements: the inscription, filled in with blue, and the head, on which the hair, eyes, and brows are painted black. The treatment of the eyes is particularly noteworthy because they appear as brown rather than the usual black. This effect was achieved by applying an initial layer of red paint that was then covered with black. The triangular shape of the face, with its wide-open eyes and arching brows, is typical of the period.

    Full: Front

  • Limestone block-statue of Inebny: the sculptor's clearly appreciated how the simple, broad planes of the cloaked form focused attention on the face; here, the effect has been dramatized by unusually sparing use of paint. The pose conveys  humility,  making  it  appropriate  for  a temple setting, and the shape offers large surfaces for inscription. Inebny's statue is striking for its use of colour, which draws attention to its two most important elements: the inscription, filled in with blue, and the head, on which the hair, eyes, and brows are painted black. The treatment of the eyes is particularly noteworthy because they appear as brown rather than the usual black. This effect was achieved by applying an initial layer of red paint that was then covered with black. The triangular shape of the face, with its wide-open eyes and arching brows, is typical of the period.

    Full: Front

  • Limestone block-statue of Inebny: the sculptor's clearly appreciated how the simple, broad planes of the cloaked form focused attention on the face; here, the effect has been dramatized by unusually sparing use of paint. The pose conveys  humility,  making  it  appropriate  for  a temple setting, and the shape offers large surfaces for inscription. Inebny's statue is striking for its use of colour, which draws attention to its two most important elements: the inscription, filled in with blue, and the head, on which the hair, eyes, and brows are painted black. The treatment of the eyes is particularly noteworthy because they appear as brown rather than the usual black. This effect was achieved by applying an initial layer of red paint that was then covered with black. The triangular shape of the face, with its wide-open eyes and arching brows, is typical of the period.

    Full: Front

  • Limestone block-statue of Inebny: the sculptor's clearly appreciated how the simple, broad planes of the cloaked form focused attention on the face; here, the effect has been dramatized by unusually sparing use of paint. The pose conveys  humility,  making  it  appropriate  for  a temple setting, and the shape offers large surfaces for inscription. Inebny's statue is striking for its use of colour, which draws attention to its two most important elements: the inscription, filled in with blue, and the head, on which the hair, eyes, and brows are painted black. The treatment of the eyes is particularly noteworthy because they appear as brown rather than the usual black. This effect was achieved by applying an initial layer of red paint that was then covered with black. The triangular shape of the face, with its wide-open eyes and arching brows, is typical of the period.

    Full: Front

  • Limestone block-statue of Inebny: the sculptor's clearly appreciated how the simple, broad planes of the cloaked form focused attention on the face; here, the effect has been dramatized by unusually sparing use of paint. The pose conveys  humility,  making  it  appropriate  for  a temple setting, and the shape offers large surfaces for inscription. Inebny's statue is striking for its use of colour, which draws attention to its two most important elements: the inscription, filled in with blue, and the head, on which the hair, eyes, and brows are painted black. The treatment of the eyes is particularly noteworthy because they appear as brown rather than the usual black. This effect was achieved by applying an initial layer of red paint that was then covered with black. The triangular shape of the face, with its wide-open eyes and arching brows, is typical of the period.

    Full: Front

  • Limestone block-statue of Inebny: the sculptor's clearly appreciated how the simple, broad planes of the cloaked form focused attention on the face; here, the effect has been dramatized by unusually sparing use of paint. The pose conveys  humility,  making  it  appropriate  for  a temple setting, and the shape offers large surfaces for inscription. Inebny's statue is striking for its use of colour, which draws attention to its two most important elements: the inscription, filled in with blue, and the head, on which the hair, eyes, and brows are painted black. The treatment of the eyes is particularly noteworthy because they appear as brown rather than the usual black. This effect was achieved by applying an initial layer of red paint that was then covered with black. The triangular shape of the face, with its wide-open eyes and arching brows, is typical of the period.

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