Relief of a Copulating Couple
The purpose or symbolism of this relief is not clear. Perhaps it was a votive offering in a temple, a household item, or a tomb deposit. It may have conveyed the idea of rebirth through sexual regeneration. The affectionate gesture of the man placing his hand on the woman's cheek is most unusual. The significance of what appears to be a bird and of the largely destroyed image of another animal is unknown. The shape of the heads, the style of the wigs, and the robustness of the bodies are characteristic for art of the Ptolemaic Period.
- Medium: Limestone
- Place Found: Egypt
- Dates: 305-30 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXX Dynasty or later
- Period: Ptolemaic Period
- Dimensions: Base: 6 5/16 x 5 7/16 in. (16 x 13.8 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: 60.181
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Relief of a Copulating Couple, 305-30 B.C.E. Limestone, Base: 6 5/16 x 5 7/16 in. (16 x 13.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 60.181. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (78%)