miércoles, 25 de mayo de 2016

Statue of the Scribe Maaniamun

Statue of the Scribe Maaniamun
Ancient Egypt, Late 15th century BC
The statue of the scribe, "accountant of grain" Maaniamun is a marvellous example of an unusual type of Ancient Egyptian sculpture. Maaniamun is shown seated in a sedan, wrapped in a cloak. Only the hands folded on his knees can be seen peeping out from beneath the cloak, through which we can just make out the forms of the figure. Although it first appeared in the Middle Kingdom, this kind of sculpture became ...widespread in the art of the New Kingdom. According to tradition, from the time of the New Kingdom, officials and other private individuals were shown with the facial features of the reigning pharaoh. Maaniamun has the portrait features of Amenhotep II (late 15th century BC). Incised lines emphasize the lines by the nose, while the eyebrows and lids are conveyed not as relief strips but with black paint. The paint has been partially preserved: the face and hands are in brownish-red, the wig and ritual beard reveal traces of black paint, the clothing and the whites of the eyes must have once been white. On the front of the cloak is an inscription containing the text of a funerary prayer to the god Amun-Re and the king of the West - the Land of the Dead - Osiris: "Offering of bread, beer, bulls, geese, clothes, incense, all things good... to the Ka (i.e. the deceased), accountant of grain, Maaniamun, born by the overseer of jewellers, Djehutihetep, born by the lady of the house Didnu."

Statue of the Scribe Maaniamun

Ancient Egypt

Late 15th century BC

Epoch. Period:
New Kingdom, XVIIIth Dynasty, Reign of Amenhotep II


37,6 cm

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