Comparing the Statue of the Royal Scribe Yuni and the Statue of St. John of Patmos
Upon viewing the statue of the Royal Scribe Yuni (33.2.1) and the “Gothic stone” statue of St. John of Patmos (17.120.4), I noticed the few similarities and many differences they possessed when compared with one another. Both works reflexed the style of artwork done during it’s period.
The statue of the Royal Scribe Yuni was found in the tomb of his father, Amenhotep. In this sculpture Yuni is shown kneeling and holding a highly decorative carved shrine. Within this shrine is a miniature figure of Osirus, the god of the underworld. Yuni is dressed in what is considered to be costume for persons of high status at the time, such as a curled wig and papyrus sandals. He wears a double-strand necklace of large lenticular beads known as the “gold of valor”. Two holes located at either side of his neck may have been for the placement of the “real garlands”. The statue of Yuni once had eyes of semi-precious stone in metal sockets. On either side of the back pillar lies a relief of Rennutet, Yuni’s wife.
The statue of St. John of Patmos is the portrayal of a “youthful saint” writing on a scroll. This suggests that this youth is the Evangelist. He is believed to have written the Book of Revelations and his own gospel, while in exile on the Greek island of Patmos.
While examining these two statues I observed very few similarities which in this case is possible being that the two are from different a time and period. Both works of art were created out of limestone and carved with exquisite detail. They both were four-dimensional which rarely existed in the artwork of the early periods. They both also seemed to serve a high purpose, which I believe to be religious.
There were enormous amounts of differences between these two statues. The statue of the Royal Scribe Yuni dates 1294-1269 an comes from the Egyptian New Kingdom unlike the statue of St. John of Patmos which dates 1450-1500 and is from the Medieval period. I was astonished to find that this statue existed for over four centuries and doesn’t...