Metropolitan Museum of Art Cast Collection
 

Description

Plaster cast of a small statue of the Pharaoh Amenemhat. Original is housed in the British Museum. Originates from the Middle Kingdom, Dynasty XII era.

Publication Date

1978

Type of Artwork

Statue

Time Period/Geographical Region

Ancient Egypt

Height (cm/in)

57.15 cm / 22.5 in

Width (cm/in)

17.78 cm / 7 in

Depth (cm/in)

34.29 cm / 13.5 in

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Sculpture

Comments

This statuette, or small statue, was originally executed in grey granite. It depicts the pharaoh Amenemhat, who reigned in the prosperous Twelfth Dynasty. Amenemhat is seated on a throne with an inscription in hieroglyphics, the Egyptian form of writing, located on either side of Amenemhat's legs. In Egyptian art, bodies were standardized according to a strict canon of proportions based on a unit called the cubit. A grid was used by painters and sculptors alike, with different parts of the body corresponding to different squares within the grid. Naturalism was sacrificed for a uniform idealized body. It is through this canonical grid system that Egyptian art remained so consistent throughout the millennia of pharaonic rule.

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Seated Statuette of Amenemhat

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