Although it is one of many similar compositions, this statuette has particular interest for the inscribed rectangular item, possibly a papyrus, on top of the man's phallus. The non-hieroglyphic writing is enigmatic, perhaps representing musical notation.
- Medium: Limestone, painted
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: 305-30 B.C.E.
- Period: Ptolemaic Period
- Dimensions: 5 13/16 x 8 1/4 in. (14.8 x 21 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 58.34
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Erotic Musicians, 305-30 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 5 13/16 x 8 1/4 in. (14.8 x 21 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund , 58.34. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Erotic group in soft white limestone. Nude man seated, his enlarged phallus extended on ground. Smaller figure of nude woman playing harp seated on far end of phallus. The man holds curious object in front of him – a musical instrument? Some detail outlined in black paint. Condition: Entire surface worn. Numerous chips along base, on man’s legs etc. Assembled with some restorations along center of phallus.
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)