At the Metropolitan Museum of Art



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Male God (Dynasty 18) by: reign of Amenhotep III Height: 91. 8 cm (36 1/8 in. ) Granodiorite At the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Gallery 119, Egyptian Art Does “man” truly rule the world? Is there room for the “woman? ” As modern women, I constantly find myself having to prove that there is equality in this judgment world. The Muslim faith believes that there is one God, Allah. The Judaism faith believes is a monotheistic faith, meaning that Jews believe there is only One God.

The sub-fraction of the National of Islam-five percent nation, which also known as five percenter’s believe the Black man is God based on Egyptians being a reflection of God, with “hair like wool and brass skin” as stated in the Bible. Miss Claire Jenkins from the south side of Flatbush that say, “You better believe there is a God and don’t you dare use his name in vain. ” As I perused the halls of the Metropolitan Museum I found myself taken by one particular figure.

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This 36 1/8 in statuette Egyptian artifact entitled Male god, description reads “In his massive fist the god holds the “was” scepter, signifying dominion, and in his missing right hand he would have held the ankh hieroglyph, meaning life. ” It amazes me how symbolically objects that today would be seen as an ordinary gardening tools, the Egyptians used to signify social status, power and dominance.

This statue of the pharaoh Amenhotep III is of a series from the western Thebes, the birthplace of the legendary hero Herakles and men of importance like Pindar and Epameinondas, played a major role in the affairs of Greece, from its early history as the many legends of the city testify. Epameinondas and its superb trained army, led by the Sacred Band, took the hegemony of Greece by defeating the invincible Sparta.

Yes, the mighty Sparta from the movie 300, which displayed visual i-candy of heroic, physically fit; sweat drenched men that risk life driven by pride. The statue male god represents the congregation of the god’s of Egypt that flank the entrance of the temple at the king’s 30 year festival. Historically, I cannot argue the significance of the male pharaoh or the representation of power in these images of history but as a modern woman I can smirk at the positioning of the ‘was” scepter. It is strategically laced over the genital area indicating power and dominance. There is a correlation between male sexual dominance and I know this could seem like a stretch but let’s look at the role of men in American society. Some men feel that the penis is power based on the male’s XY chromosome being the determining factor in the sex of a child; therefore, they think rule the world. Boys are taught strength and endurance as a quality trait in becoming a man. This statue is a symbol of the ideology of the man’s role in society as leader, conquer, protector and warrior.

Unfortunately, some men have not conceived this and are disappointedly un-pharaoh like behaviors. The roles of men and women have changed from the depiction of Male God in the New Kingdom period, Egyptian Art collection Dynasty 18 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the present day more liberal thought of today. I guess one could conclude what is relevant to oneself based on experience, outlook and religious beliefs. The late great James Brown sang, “This is a man’s world But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl” I agree!

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