Female Ancestral Bust
Ancestral busts were kept in the home, perhaps used in rituals that helped maintain the deceased in the afterlife or allowed the living and dead to communicate. Both of these busts were made about the same time and demonstrate how even a cheaper pottery example could be exquisitely made and decorated, though clearly a painted limestone bust would have been more expensive to commission.
This text refers to these objects: ' 54.1; 61.49
- Medium: Pottery, painted
- Possible Place Collected: Dayr al-Madinah, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1539-1190 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty-XIX Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 6 5/16 x 3 x 2 5/16 in. (16 x 7.6 x 5.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 61.49
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Female Ancestral Bust, ca. 1539-1190 B.C.E. Pottery, painted, 6 5/16 x 3 x 2 5/16 in. (16 x 7.6 x 5.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.49. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Pottery “ancestral bust” of a woman. Red slip, black wig, with braid at back. Necklace in black of single cord with lotus flowers, leaves and buds suspended on front; details of face moulded and painted, open base. Condition: Poor. Head broken off and reset, part of wig lost, lower part of body lost and rebuilt in plaster. Body cracked on right side.
- Record Completeness: Best (92%)