Figure of standing man - ROM2018_16147_47


Figure of standing man

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware)
Geography: Undetermined site, Upper Egypt
Date: c. 4000-2500 BC
Period: Naqada I-II, Predynastic Period
19.7 × 6.2 × 5.2 cm
Object number: 910.92.14
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Early male standing figures are relatively rare and their interpretation uncertain, but probably indicate some sort of ritual activity in Predynastic culture. Male figurines are found in burials and could either represent a divine figure, as suggested by the pointed beard, or figures designed to help the deceased in the afterlife.  The man wears a large penis sheath, which in other examples can be seen to be attached to belt around the waist. The legs are shown together as typical for women as well; the figure splays out at the base, but the feet are not modelled. The left arm is entirely broken off and the right arm  is broken near the shoulder.  It appears that the arms were raised in some sort of a ritual gesture.  The body is tubular in shape with an ovoid head that projects forward from the neck. Circular ears are applied rather high on the head. Facial features include a large nose, horizontal incised eyes and a modelled mouth. The figurine is made of a coarse red clay with weathered and cracked surface.

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