Left figure: Statuette of a Cloaked Man
Mid-Dynasty 12 (ca.1850 B.C.) or later
Gift of J. Lionberger Davis, 1966 (66.123.1)
Right figure: Standing Male Figure in a Calf-Long Kilt
Opps, I cropped a little too far over and missed part of the figure on the right.
"The sculptor of this small masterpiece transformed the traditional left-leg-forward stance into a depiction of movement that serves as a charming counterpoint to the man's serious demeanor."
"William C. Hayes has rightly called this the 'finest of the Museum's standing figures in stone.' The impression of utter perfection conveyed by the small image is based on its even proportions and the balance between the forward movement of the left leg, and the slight upward lift of the head. With these formal qualities, an attitude of equilibrium is expressed, which ancient Egyptians considered ideal behavior. 'Patience is a man's monument, quietness is excellent, calmness is good.' These and many similar admonitions were taught to the aspiring member of ancient Egypt's elite."
(From info cards)
William C. Hayes was a curator at the Met.