Egyptian Man in a Persian Costume,
Gray granite, Dynasty 31, 343-332 B.C.E.
Provenance not known
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Brush, Brooklyn #71.139
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
"Occasionally Egyptians wore foreign costumes and jewelry. The taste for non-Egyptian fashion arose during periods of extensive trade or diplomatic contact with distant courts, or when Egypt was controlled by a foreign power. The Persians, who twice invaded the Nile Valley from their Iranian homeland, dominated Egypt during Dynasty 27 (525-404 B.C.) and Dynasty 31, (343-332 B.C.). This statue dates to the later period of Persian rule in Egypt.|
"The long skirt shown wrapped around this statue's body and tucked in at the upper edge of the garment is typically Persian. The necklace, called a torque, is decorated with images of ibexes, symbols in ancient Persia of agility and sexual prowess. The depiction of this official in Persian dress may have been a demonstration of loyalty to the new rulers."