Exhibitions: Unearthing the Truth: Egypt's Pagan and Coptic Sculpture

Funerary Figure of a Woman

Funerary Figure of a Woman. Egypt, possibly from Oxyrhynchos, Late Antique Egyptian Period, 3rd–4th century C.E. Limestone, traces of gesso and paint, 34 7/16 x 20 1/16 x 11 13/16 in. (87.5 x 51 x 30 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 70.132

A figure of the deceased was often placed in front of the tomb, or inside it. This life-sized image of a woman was once a full-length figure carved almost in the round against a back slab. She wears the draped garments and jewelry then in fashion throughout the Greco-Roman world. The small vessel for Nile water in her left hand shows that she was a priestess of Isis.