23.7 x 16.5 x 20.4 cm (9 5/16 x 6 1/2 x 8 1/16 inches)
Said to be from the area of Tanis (Northeast Nile Delta)
Gift of Mrs. Murray S. Danforth
The main in this fragmentary sculpture is depicted with his own hair instead of a wig and with naturalistic furrows around his eyes, mouth, and forehead. This realistic presentation can be explained in part by Greek influence on Egyptian art during the Ptolemaic Period (332-30 BCE). However, older Egyptian traditions are evident in this sculpture, showing the persistence of sculptural forms and carvin skills over thousands of years. The back pillar visible behind the man's head and the statue's static frontal orientation are characteristics of Egyptian sculpture from the earliest times. The detailed modeling of the face highlights the skill of Egyptian carvers working in hard stone, such as granite.