Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Menkaura
Greywacke, with traces of red and black paint
Height: 54 1/2"
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Read about this sculpture from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts website - take notes (please identify which notes are from class and which are from homework readings)
We will watch the full video in class but below is clip, which explains the Egyptian convention of composite - or twisted - perspective:
- List 3 - 5 adjectives that describe these figures and the qualities they exude - their personalities, stance, overall appearance, etc.
- a) Does Menkaura's stance seem natural? b) How would you feel if you stood in this position for an extended amount of time? Explain.
- a) In addition to what the stance portrays, what is meant to be depicted by "the gaze" of these figures? b) Does this seem to be in line with the adjectives that you listed for question #1? Explain.