Collections: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art: Relief, Lute Player

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    Relief, Lute Player

    When still intact, the scene from which this relief comes showed one of Akhenaten's daughters playing a lute in a boat floating through reeds in the Nile marshes. The thumb and index finger of the princess's right hand strum the chords, while the long delicate fingers of her left hand press down on the lute strings.

    • Medium: Limestone, painted
    • Geographical Locations:
    • Dates: ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
    • Dynasty: late XVIII Dynasty
    • Period: New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    • Dimensions: 21 x 9 1/4 in. (53.3 x 23.5 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
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    • Accession Number: 60.197.9
    • Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Relief, Lute Player, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 21 x 9 1/4 in. (53.3 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 60.197.9. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 60.197.9_edited_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Limestone relief. In raised relief, at left, girl wearing curled wig and facing right playing a lute. At extreme right two small standing figures incompletely preserved. The background almost certainly represents a papyrus swamp, obviously from its irregularity some natural formation. The posts (?) in front of the lutist perhaps being details of boats. The composition possibly a genre scene in a swamp. Condition: Lower right corner broken. Considerable remains of ancient pigment on face. On small figures at right small are of ancient red pigment on upper body.
    • Record Completeness: Best (88%)
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    Recent Comments
    16:20 10/13/2008
    Can we see it, please?
    By Patrick Philpott
    11:37 10/14/2008
    Hello Patrick,
    Our collection is huge and, while thousands of objects have been photographed, many haven't. It's possible there's a b/w negative on file that we can digitize--I'll check and put it in the works if we do. Deborah
    20:59 10/15/2008
    I was recently reading an article on this by Kate Bosse-Griffiths. There is a pic of this relief in her article in JEA and also in the book in which it was republished: Amarna Studies. Can't remember the publisher. Do you know of any other publications on thie peice?
    By Kea J
    22:51 10/15/2008
    Our Egyptian Art department has a b/w negative of this work. We're scanning it -- should be up on the Web in a couple of days.
    By Deborah Wythe
    15:49 10/29/2008
    Hello Kea! Here is some more bibliography for this relief:
    -Cooney, John. Amarna reliefs from Hermopolis in American collections (Brooklyn Museum, New York 1965) pp. 87-88.
    -Aldred, Cyril. Akhenaten and Nefertiti: catalog of an exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. (Brooklyn Museum, New York in association with Viking Press 1973) Cat.# 126.
    -Roeder, Günther. Amarna Reliefs aus Hermopolis (Hildesheim, Gerstenberg 1969) p.405.
    -Bosse-Griffiths, Kate. “Two Lute-Players of the Amarna Era,” in L’Egyptologie en 1979 II (Paris, CNRS 1982) pp.215ff.
    -Romano, James. “A Prince or a God at El Amarna?” in Amarna Letters: Essays on Ancient Egypt (San Francisco, KMT Communications 1991) p. 88, n. 14.
    -Decker, Wolfgang. Bildatlas zum Sport im Alten Ägypten: Corpus der bildlichen Quellen zu Leibesübungen, Spiel, Jagd, Tanz und verwandten Themen. (Leiden, New York, E.J.Brill 1994) Vol. 1, p. 529; Vol. 2 pl. CCXCVII.

    All of these publications are available at the Brooklyn Museum's Wilbour Library.
    By Yekaterina Barbash

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