Heroic Male Nude

Egypt (?), 300-600
Bone carving
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993.516.1

This sculpture resembles the sleeping mythological figures on which Christian artists modeled the prophet's sleep in Jonah 4:5-6, but as if the sleeper were seen from directly above rather than from the side.

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Photographed at the museum by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.