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Ostracon with a Drawing of a King

A fragment of stone shows a figure drawn in black. He stands with his body facing the viewer, his head turned to the side, in elaborate attire—a headdress, necklace, arm bands, and a garment on his lower half, He holds a staff topped with a ram's head.
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  • A fragment of stone shows a figure drawn in black. He stands with his body facing the viewer, his head turned to the side, in elaborate attire—a headdress, necklace, arm bands, and a garment on his lower half, He holds a staff topped with a ram's head.

Date:

New Kingdom, Dynasty 19–20, about 1295–1069 BCE

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

Egyptian artists often made sketches on flakes of limestone, called ostraca. This example shows how the preliminary outline was done in red pigment, then corrected, and finished in black. Often these sketches were the work of two craftsmen, a draftsman and a master artist. This ostracon shows a king wearing a crown with streamers and a pleated kilt. He leans on a standard topped with the ram-headed emblem of the god Amun.

Status

On View, Gallery 50

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Ostracon with a Drawing of a King

Place

Egypt (Object made in)

Date

1295 BCE–1069 BCE

Medium

Limestone and pigment

Dimensions

24.1 × 15.2 × 3.2 cm (9 1/2 × 6 × 1 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1920.255

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