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Servant Figure (Beer-Maker)

Culture Egyptian
Title Servant Figure (Beer-Maker)
Date 2465 BCE–2325 BCE
Medium Limestone
Dimensions Overall: 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 77.77

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Servant figures were placed in the tombs of aristocrats, wealthy landowners, and court officials in an effort to ensure continued service in the afterlife. This statuette of a youthful servant was created to make beer. His now-missing arms would have reached forward as he turns and bends, probably in order to strain grain mash with his hands. The Egyptians utilized traditional formats in the creation of their art. While servant figures remain rather generic, their function allows them to present greater movement than was usual, and, this example, in particular, highlights the sculptor’s awareness of natural forms as well as his ability to capture hints of individual personality.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

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