Statue of a Man
Statue of a Man.
Egyptian, Late Period, early 26th dynasty, c.664-600 B.C.
The artists of the Kushite rulers of the 25th Dynasty introduced a new realism into royal art and sculpture and also revitalized private sculpture. Kushite images had a broader cheek and stronger jaw, resulting in a more angular face than had been seen before. When the 26th Dynasty supplanted the 25th, the artistic center changed from the residence of the Kushite kings at Napata in southern Nubia, to Sais in Egypt's Delta, home to the new ruling family. The style also changed to a more idealized image with softer features. This early 26th Dynasty sculpture combines the angularity of the larger boned Kushite face with the new idealizing style of the Saite Period, producing a strong and polished image.
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland.