Egyptian Man in a Persian Costume,
Gray granite, Dynasty 31, 343-332 B.C.E.
Provenance not known
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Brush, Brooklyn #71.139
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016

"Occasionally Egyptians wore foreign costumes and jewelry. The taste for non-Egyptian fashion arose during periods of extensive trade or diplomatic contact with distant courts, or when Egypt was controlled by a foreign power. The Persians, who twice invaded the Nile Valley from their Iranian homeland, dominated Egypt during Dynasty 27 (525-404 B.C.) and Dynasty 31, (343-332 B.C.). This statue dates to the later period of Persian rule in Egypt.

"The long skirt shown wrapped around this statue's body and tucked in at the upper edge of the garment is typically Persian. The necklace, called a torque, is decorated with images of ibexes, symbols in ancient Persia of agility and sexual prowess. The depiction of this official in Persian dress may have been a demonstration of loyalty to the new rulers."
(From the info card)