Egyptian Art Statue From Metropolitn Museum


This superb pair standing statue remains semi-attached to the limestone block from which they were carved. There is chipping on the surface of Memi's (man) right arm. A portion of Sabu's (woman) nose and her lips appear to be chipped off as well. On the lower part of Sabu's body there is chipping on both legs and right underneath her pelvic area. There are visible horizontal lines that cut right across Memi's right forearm and underneath Sabu's breasts. These lines may indicate what pieces of the statue had to be mended back together. There is also chipping on the bottom right hand corner of the stone slab underneath Memi's right leg. There are remnants of black paint on Sabu's wig, ...

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Egyptian artwork is very common during the Old Kingdom time period. The overall statue remains fairly intact suffering from only one major handicap, which is the loss of its original color.
This pair statue subtly deviates from the conventional representations of husband and wife in Old Kingdom artwork. This statue is rather exceptional because we see an image where the wife's symbolic gesture that signifies their marital status is affectionately returned by her husband's embrace. There is a sense of intimacy and warmth in this embrace. This may explain the fact that Memi stands with his feet together as opposed to the masculine striding pose where the left leg is slightly advanced. Memi retains the strict canonical pose with respect to the rigid frontal well-built body. His right arm hangs straight down and close to his side while his right hand is clenched in a fist with the thumb facing forward. He appears to be clenching some type of cylinder rod, which can also be ...

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