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Granite statue: E.GA.84.1949

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Current Location: Gallery 24


Granite statue




Granite head of a Nubian.

Fragment of a statue of a Nubian. Carved from granite, only the face survives and there is further damage to the statue's right cheek and chin. The modelling of the eyes, which are almond-shaped and the rounded eyebrows date the statue to Dynasty 18. The subject has a rounded, broad and flat face with a small nose and wide mouth. These features along with the hairstyle, which is parted down the centre and pulled into a top notch, identify the subject as a Nubian (African). Nubian culture domintated the south of Egypt and the country that we now call Sudan. The people from this region are always shown with jet black skin, and often caricature features of how the Egyptian's saw Africans from further south. The Nubians were part of Egyptian society and were by definition also Egyptians, however, as foreigners from the land of the south they were seen to be one of Egypt's traditional enemies. They are often shown as bound captives and appear on temple scenes, being smited by the king of Egypt. Such scenes were still shown when Nubians themselves ruled Egypt and Nubia during Dynasty 25. The top of the hair, now missing, suggests that this statue was perhaps part of a composite group showing the king holding onto his enemies. There is such an example in Luxor Museum, Egypt. This particular fragment is of extremely high quality. The face has clearly been chiselled from the main statue.

Measurements and weight

Length: 13 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1949) by Gayer-Anderson, R. G. (Major)


Eighteenth Dynasty
New Kingdom
Circa -1550 - Circa -1295

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.GA.84.1949
Primary reference Number: 60803
Oldadmincategory: SU
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 22 May 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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