Collections: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art: Figure of Monkey Seated on Ovoid Base

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    Figure of Monkey Seated on Ovoid Base

    Throughout Egyptian history, monkeys were enjoyed for their playful, whimsical behavior. This blue faience example holds a ball or piece of fruit; in antiquity, it wore a metal earring, indicating that it represented a household pet. Because they had to be imported over great distances at considerable expense, the possession of monkeys indicated the owner's wealth and social status.

    • Medium: Faience, glazed
    • Reportedly From: El Amarna, Egypt
    • Dates: ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
    • Dynasty: late XVIII Dynasty
    • Period: New Kingdom
    • Dimensions: 2 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 9/16 in. (5.4 x 2.8 x 4 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
    • Accession Number: 48.181
    • Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Figure of Monkey Seated on Ovoid Base, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Faience, glazed, 2 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 9/16 in. (5.4 x 2.8 x 4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 48.181. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: front, 48.181_front_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Blue glazed figure of monkey seated on ovoid base. Body in the round, head at right angles to shoulders, ears pierced, hands extended grasping unidentified object supported by one foot and resting on base. Condition: Intact. Glaze slightly worn on front of body.
    • Record Completeness: Best (92%)
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    Recent Comments
    03:23 04/9/2011
    what ar’ you looking at,
    might I ask?
    never seen a monkey before?
    am I so intriguing you keep looking at me?
    you can’t take your eyes off my look
    and the way I’m seated with a ball and
    my bottom over an ovoid base?
    you ar’ really curious, arn’t you?
    you really can’t take your eyes off me,
    can you?
    you stare so long
    looks like you’ve never seen a monkey before…
    kill the curiosity –
    look in the mirror next time…



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