Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry, May 2008-2016

Another view from the 'introductory room', as evidenced by the Flaubert quote.

Statue to our left:
Kneeling Statue of the Scribe and Treasurer Sety
From his tomb, Saqqara, New Kingdom, XVIII Dynasty, ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E.
Limestone, painted, 12 9/16 x 4 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (31.9 x 11.1 x 19 cm) Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, Brooklyn Museum 37.263E

Block statue to our right:
Block Statue of Min, Overseer of the Weavers
Probably Thebes, New Kingdom, XVIII Dynasty, ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E.
Schist, 9 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 6 in. (23.5 x 11.4 x 15.2 cm)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, Brooklyn Museum 37.249E

Description from museum website
"The texts on this statue identify the subject as a man named Min, an overseer of weavers. The block statue, invented in the Middle Kingdom, shows a figure sitting on the ground, often enveloped in a cloak from which only his head and hands emerge. This compact form was well suited to the heavily traveled outer rooms of temples. The broad, striated wig and the placement of the short inscription running vertically between the figure's knees suggest that the sculptor followed a Middle Kingdom prototype."

I amuse myself by thinking the fellow all scrunched up is giving example of the original 'cubism' in art. But there there may be more to it than just the surface pose. Richard Wilkinson says of these; "Small variations in a given form may sometimes convey different symbolic meanings, especially in representations of the human figure. The Egyptian 'block' statue, for example, occurs with several variations in each case. Many examples simply depict their subjects as though seated within the temples where many of the statues were sited. Others seem to represent the person in a carrying chair, doubtless implying a level of status, or depict the figure in a form similar to the 'seated god' hieroglyph, suggesting the divine nature of the deceased person." (_Symbol and Magic in Egyptian Art_, page 34)