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Chrismackint
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:27 am    Post subject: Domestic Icon Statue Reply with quote

Found this unusual piece from the amarna period.

http://www.metmuseum.org/connections/images/c2/c2_11.150.21.jpg

It's described as "Statue of two men and a boy that served as a domestic icon | New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 13531336 b.c. | Egypt"


A curator at the museum says it is an ancestor figure statue for ancestor devotion.

http://www.metmuseum.org/connections/believing/#/Feature/

I can't work this one out, but i guess they are father and son and grandson.

I do love these type of pair/family statues from the amarna period, although this is the first one i have seen with just all male figures.

Fascinating stuff as always from amarna.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about that statue. It is a wonderful piece. It is both formulaic (as is all Egyptian art) yet personal. Maybe good likenesses, but the holding of the hand is very natural, and no doubt reminded the original owners and devotees of the statue of the living past! Thanks for bringing it to our attention!
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