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Libyan Appliqué

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Description 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. In the case of this appliqué, which was probably attached to an object bleonging to the king, the bands crossed over the chest, the long hair (which originally had a side-lock), and the short beard identify the individual as a Libyan.
Date Description Narrative
5/18/1961Examinationexamined for other
12/06/1963Examinationexamined for technical study
4/06/1964Treatmentexamined for condition; cleaned
  • Pharao siegt immer: Krieg und Frieden im Alten Ägypten (Pharaoh is Always Winning: War and Peace in Ancient Egypt). Gustav-Lübcke-Museum, Hamm; Hamburger Museum for Archaeology, Helms Museum, Hamburg; Reiss-Engelhorn Museum, Mannheim, Mannheim. 2004-2005.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [said to be from Lower Egypt]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1909, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909

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ca. 800 BCE (Third Intermediate Period)
bronze with gold and black gold inlay
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1 15/16 x 1 3/8 x 9/16 in. (4.9 x 3.5 x 1.5 cm); mount: 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (1.9 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)


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