Rare Egyptian limestone figure of kneeling Asiatic prisoners. Possibly for use as a gaming-piece.
The naked men are tied together in a particularly uncomfortable position with their arms and legs fixed on their backs.
The preserved head shows beautifully drawn eyes, disheveled hair and a bristly beard. The figure exposes the characteristic features of Syrians in Egyptian art.
Made of soft limestone, excellent composition, rare.
Published as fig. 946 in: Ezio Bassani, Malcolm D. McLeod. Jacob Epstein, Collector. Milan 1989 (copy joined).
For a single captive, cf. EA75190 in the British Museum collection.
Hieroglyph A13 depicts a kneeling Syrian with his arms tied behind his back. The sign is the determinative for God’s enemy or prisoner of war. It can be also read as adversary (rqw).
Egyptian, New Kingdom, 1550-1077 BC
H. 5 cm (2 in)
W. 3.8 cm (1.5 in)
Head of one captive lost. Surface abrasion and worn areas.
Ex Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), London.
Ex Carlo Monzino (1931-1996), Castagnola.
The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed.