Egyptian block statue
Total height - 8.5 cm / 3-3/8 inches
Base - 5 cm / 2 inches x 6 cm / 2-1/2
On offer here in an exclusive format, a rare replica block statue of an official from the reign of Amenhotep III.
Made of a limestone and quartzite composition stone It has been given an aged ochre patina and is mounted on a polished felt based stand. No resins or plastics were used in this and all the other pieces in the store thus allowing for a more authentic look and feel.
The block statue type, first seen in the middle kingdom, were designed to last an eternity. Strictly non-royal they are representations of a noble class with inscriptions to be read to keep their memory alive.
The very shape of a seated human form wearing a sheath like cloak removed the worry of limbs being snapped off thus making them very popular choices. They were comparatively easier to make compared to the complexity of standing statuary but the best examples have good body contours and at least hands present as in this one.
Larger versions were placed in temple courtyards for the next generations of passers by to admire and read the texts concerning the individual represented. This would perpetuate the memory and allow him to live again. To even utter the name would be one step closer to immortality and often a spell would be inscribed that once recited, would ensure a spiritual offering had been made.
The hieroglyphs were easily and often abundantly carved on the flat surfaces created by the pose.
During the last phase of Egyptian empire during the Ptolemaic period, block statues were still in use and the surfaces of some examples are festooned with inscriptions covering everything except the face.
This charming example originates from the reign of Amenhotep III as can be determined by the style of face which mimics that of the king. This was standard practice for the top workshops where the original statue, a small but quality piece was created.
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