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Stone relief: E.GA.4533.1943

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Current Location: Gallery 19


Stone relief




Sandstone relief carved with images of soldiers

Fragment of a sandstone relief carved with representations of soldiers, armed with clubs. This relief depicts armed soldiers who wear short 'Nubian' wigs, which were especially popular during this period and worn by both Nubians and Egyptians. The features on one of the reliefs may suggest that the subjects were Nubians, according to the usual Egyptian stereotype. However, the red paint on the skin is more usually associated with Egyptians rather than their southern (and so darker) neighbours. According to the traditions conformed to by Egyptian artists, the wig and exaggerated features may have been enough to indicate that the subjects were Nubians- the use of dark brown or black pigment to represent the southern Egyptians seems not to have been necessary here.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 4 cm
Height: 20.5 cm
Width: 26 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1943) by Gayer-Anderson, Robert Grenville, Major


Amarna period
Eighteenth Dynasty
New Kingdom
-1351 - -1334

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.GA.4533.1943
Primary reference Number: 58984
Oldadmincategory: SS
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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