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Sculptor's Model of a King Slaying an Enemy
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Sculptor's Model of a King Slaying an Enemy


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Description The two-dimensional model, executed in a combination of sunk and raised relief, displays a king slaying a Libyan. The king's lion is accompanying him and bites into the left arm of the half-kneeling Libyan. To reinforce their power visually, Egyptian royal monuments often displayed depictions of groups of foreigners bound as prisoners or in defensive positions while Egyptian sovereigns attacked. Representatives of various Nubian groups were frequently included, along with Babylonians, Libyans, Syrians, Hittites, Canaanites, Philistines, Amorites, and even Greeks. While some nations were conquered and captured, others were vassal states that offered tribute or were bound to Egypt by diplomatic treaties. To depict the foreign groups, Egyptian artists standardized their clothing and hairstyles into set “types” and emphasized any perceived physical differences from Egyptians.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
8/23/1972Treatmentcleaned
7/03/1974Treatmentstabilized
9/03/1974Treatmentstabilized
8/17/1998Examinationsurvey
10/26/2000Treatmentcleaned
Provenance Khawam brothers, Cairo, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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Period
late 4th-late 1st century BCE (Ptolemaic)
Medium
limestone
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
22.45
Measurements
7 11/16 in. (19.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)

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