Male figure wearing shendyt kilt - ROM2018_16217_17


Male figure wearing shendyt kilt

Medium:Wood, with traces of gesso, paint
Geography: Egypt
Date: early 2nd-mid 2nd Millennium BC
Period: Late Middle Kingdom to early New Kingdom
28.4 × 5.3 × 8.3 cm
Object number: 909.80.676
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This wooden statuette of a man striding forward has suffered the loss of the arms and most of the paint, and some damage to the face since it was carved. The man is depicted in a shendyt kilt, an article of male attire seen in representations from the earliest dynasties to the end of pharaonic civilization.  Such kilts would have been made of linen, and traces of white paint remain. The skin was originally painted with red ochre, and the hair or wig would have been black. The missing arms would have been held at the sides. The face would originally have been painted to look lively and active, and may or may not have actually resembled the man who commissioned it. The care with which the image was carved suggests it represented the tomb owner.

The damaged face might have given the best clue to the age of this image. The simple, rather archaic kilt and plain wig suggest a date late in the Middle Kingdom or early in the Eighteenth Dynasty. Similarity in carving style suggests it is a mate to 909.80.678.

If you see an error or have additional information, please contact us by clicking here.