Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th to 20th Dynasty, ca. 1549 to 1077 BCE. An incredible lower fragment of a meticulously detailed figure, perhaps depicting a man born of wealth or royal lineage, that is hand-carved from finely speckled granite with mottled hues of black, silver-grey, tan, and hints of fuchsia. The man has large hands and feet with delineated fingers and toes, sits on an integral stepped seat, and wears a pleated, knee-length skirt while clenching his right hand atop his thigh. The lower half of the dorsal pillar behind the figure's back features half of a column of inscribed hieroglyphic text that is perhaps part of the identifying name for this ambiguous individual. Size: 5.875" L x 4.2" W x 6.375" H (14.9 cm x 10.7 cm x 16.2 cm)
For a stylistically similar example of a fragmentary seated figure from just earlier in the 17th Dynasty, please see The British Museum, museum number EA69536.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Norman Blankman collection, New York, USA, acquired in 1961
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This is a fragment of a larger statue. Losses to upper body, top half of hieroglyphic inscription along dorsal pillar, and parts of both arms as shown. Minor abrasions and nicks to feet, arms, skirt, seat, and hieroglyphs on verso, with light encrustations within some recessed areas, and softening to some finer details. Nice earthen deposits throughout. Hieroglyphs on verso are still clear and legible.