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Standing Figure of a Male Dignitary
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Standing Figure of a Male Dignitary


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Description Sadly, this small figure of a standing official has lost its original base, which would have provided information on his identity, but the outstanding quality of its workmanship and the material used indicate that it was made for an individual of very high status. This sophisticated, small figure displays several features typical of Middle Kingdom sculpture: prominent eyes; the significant gesture of his left hand placed upon his right breast, indicating an attitude of respect; elongated arms and hands; and the ankle-length kilt. The slight fleshiness of the body hint at the owner's desire to be seen as successful and, therefore, well fed.
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Date Description Narrative
11/24/1998Examinationsurvey
Provenance Maurice Nahman, Cairo and Paris [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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ca. 1970 BCE (Middle Kingdom, early 12th dynasty)
Medium
carved elephant ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.509
Measurements
8 3/8 x 2 11/16 x 2 1/16 in. (21.2 x 6.8 x 5.3 cm)
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