Collections: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art: Statuette of a Female Acrobat

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    Statuette of a Female Acrobat

    By placing a sculpture of an acrobat in his tomb, Sa-Inher declared that he had sufficient wealth to enjoy such diversions throughout eternity. This acrobat is portrayed performing a backbend. The figure’s head was missing when the tomb was excavated; most likely it was broken by grave robbers. The red lines on the woman’s body represent a network of beads or body paint.

    • Medium: Limestone
    • Place Excavated: Tomb D303, Abydos, Egypt
    • Dates: ca. 1938-1630 B.C.E.
    • Dynasty: XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
    • Period: Middle Kingdom
    • Dimensions: 3 3/4 x 5 7/16 in. (9.6 x 13.8 cm) Base: 6 13/16 x 2 5/16 in. (17.3 x 5.9 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
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    • Accession Number: 13.1024
    • Credit Line: Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Statuette of a Female Acrobat, ca. 1938-1630 B.C.E. Limestone, 3 3/4 x 5 7/16 in. (9.6 x 13.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 13.1024. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: profile, 13.1024_profile_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
    • Catalogue Description: Limestone statuette, in the round, of nude female dancer performing a funerary dance (the Khetebt). Body bent backward. Face up, with hair touching base, body supported by arms which rest on oblong uninscribed base. Traces of red paint on body. Condition: Entire head missing from top of neck to lower part of hair. Body has been assembled and there are minor chips on arms. Mediocre workmanship. Red lines on body apparently indicate a bead network. Traces of black paint at base of hair indicate that it was painted black.
    • Record Completeness: Best (83%)
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