This charming small couple is one of the Louvre's masterpieces. It illustrates the gentleness of Pharaonic civilization, its humanity and its high degree of evolution.
The monument, however, which bears no inscription (the latter had to be engraved on the base which has disappeared), speaks for itself.
Indeed, we are certainly here in the presence of a very high official, either a great lord of birth or a simple Egyptian with intelligence and culture liberally dispensed by the schools, and to whom his pen (that is, the reed with which the Egyptians wrote) made it possible to reach Pharaoh's feet.
He is dressed, like his wife, in a long pleated linen dress and the costume of both of them, different among themselves but as typical for the lady as for the lord, brings the work back to the late 14th century BC.
This testimony of luxury and refinement can be found in the wig making process, in the gorgerin and goldsmith's tiara worn by the lady, and in the two types of stools on which the characters sit (note that the lady's seat is equipped with a cozy cushion).
It is also the whole image of a society that the group evokes: the woman is the equal of her husband - we are in Egypt, a little before the time of Ramses - who sits on the right of his wife, and both of them holding each other affectionately by one of their arms crossing at the height of the waist; each man's hand had to be placed in the back of the other.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 15 cm
Width: 7 cm
Depth: 7 cm
Period: Around 1300 BC, Ramesside period, end of the XVIII-XIXth dynasty.
Museum: Paris - Louvre Museum