Feature object: Fragment of a New Kingdom statue - 3D model

Feature object: Fragment of a New Kingdom statue - 3D model
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Egyptologists can infer a lot from a fragment like this by using their knowledge not only of art styles but of Egyptian political and social systems.
This small fragment is of a male figure, which can be inferred from the hair/wig. The man in question is a noble, which we can infer from the depiction of his pleated tunic below the shoulders in conjunction with his elaborate wig and his capacity to commission a statue such as this. The style of clothes and hair along with his pierced ears and facial features indicate that the object dates to the New Kingdom, and more specifically to the late 18th-early 19th Dynasty (the Amarna period). [Compare to this example from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest: https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/asset/head-of-a-man/MwEiQEZ2AMJ-YA]
The rear of the statue shows that it was originally engaged to a 'pillar' which is a common device to add stability to a work of art but also to provide a flat space on which to place an inscription naming the owner. The pillar extends more on the figure's right hand side which may indicate it was intended to be one of a pair (eg a husband and wife seated holding hands like Amenia and Horemhab).
Without an accurate find spot recorded the purpose of the statue is unclear but it is likely it would have served a funerary (placed in a tomb chapel to receive offerings) or cult function (donated to a temple) The wig is unfinished so it is entirely possible this piece came from a sculptor's workshop.
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