Red quartzite, 27 1/2 in. (69.8 cm) Base: 4 3/4 x 16 1/4 x 16 3/4 in. (12 x 41.3 x 42.5 cm)
Middle Kingdom, early Dynasty 13, ca. 1759-1675 B.C.E.
Provenance not known
Brooklyn #62.77.1, Charles Edwin Wilbour fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
From the info card:|
"The Twelfth and early Thirteenth Dynasties comprised one of the most creative artistic epochs in Egyptian history. Artists introducted many new sculptural forms - some that continued for centuries and others that were soon abandoned.
"One of the period's most dramatic and long-lasting innovations was the cloaked statue. The cloak symbolized the god Osiris, whose corpse was wrapped tightly in bandages and who was eventually reborn to everlasting life. Individuals shown with their bodies shrouded in a thick mantle thus expressed the wish to be reborn following their own physical deaths."
Do we removed by many centuries read too much into these pieces? Couldn't the cloak merely have expressed the way the person liked to wrap up when it was cold? And why would those dressed for summer heat have wished any less for that reincarnation? To me, he is sitting and listening to perhaps a story that is being told.