Limestone, 9 15/16 in. (25.2 cm)
Probably 4th century B.C.E.
Provenance not known
Brooklyn #51.67 , Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
From the info card and website:|
"Whom this statuette depicts is a mystery because it has no parallels. The dot-in-lozenge pattern of the figure's garment is known from other Egyptian contexts spanning the New Kingdom (Dynasties XVIII–XX, circa 1539–1070 B.C.) and the seventh century of the modern era, but it is not attested on any other garment of this type. The heavy, sensuous proportions of the body suggest a date in either Dynasty XXX or the Ptolemaic Period."
The museum website editor has titled this piece differently. Rather than "Enigmatic Fragment", they've chosen "Sculptor's Model of Male Body Wearing Long Skirt". The broad hips reminds me of the depictions of the heretic king Akhenaten, who always was shown with wide hips.