Doorjamb of Thaasetimu
Limestone, 49 15/16 x 13 11/16 x 7 in. (126.8 x 34.7 x 17.8 cm)
Late Period, XXX Dynasty, ca. 381-362 B.C.E.
Brooklyn #56.152 , Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photos © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
(from the info card)|
"Sunk relief was the normal mode of decoration for the exterior walls of Egyptian tombs and temples. The contours of raised relief were easily lost in the bright sun of the Egyptian day, but those of sunk relief were cast in shadow, thus always accentuating at least some detail.
"Representations of smiling priests with shaved heads became common in the Late Period. This example shows a tomb owner in his offical costume, holding a staff and wearing a signet ring. The detail of the man's shawl riding up over his shoulder is a convincing touch in the hands of an accomplished artist."