Torso of Amenpayom

probably 200-100 BC

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This magnificent life-sized torso is inscribed for Amenpayom, the great army general of the district of Mendes in the Nile Delta. By the end of the Ptolemaic dynasty (305-30 BC) when this statue was made, the Egyptians could draw on 3,000 years of expertise carving hard stone. Enough remains to show that Amenpayom was represented in the traditional pose for men: left leg striding forward, arms at his sides, and supported by a back pillar. The subtle, masterful treatment of the undulating musculature and meticulous, flawless polish are hallmarks of this period, when Egyptian artists reveled in the natural beauty of the human form.

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  • Title: Torso of Amenpayom
  • Date Created: probably 200-100 BC
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 96.4 x 32.3 x 28.6 cm (37 15/16 x 12 11/16 x 11 1/4 in.)
  • Provenance: Said to have come from Tanis, Paul Mallon, Sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Oh
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1948.141
  • Medium: granodiorite
  • Fun Fact: On the back Amenpayom is depicted again worshiping the gods of Mendes, Harpocrates, Banebjedet, and Hatmehit.
  • Department: Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art
  • Culture: Egypt, Greco-Roman Period, Ptolemaic Dynasty, probably late 2nd Century BC
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
  • Collection: Egypt - Ptolemaic Dynasty
  • Accession Number: 1948.141

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