Figure of a Girl Holding a Drum
The barrel-shaped drum may have been introduced to Egypt from the south. Egyptian images often show such drums being played by Nubian or Sudanese soldiers in Egyptian employ. In images dating to before Dynasty XXV (circa 775–653 B.C.), the drummers are always men. This rare three-dimensional image of a female drummer could thus be as early as Dynasty XXV, when women drummers first appeared in reliefs. However, it also has some stylistic parallels with reliefs of the fourth century B.C.
- Medium: Bronze
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 712-305 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty to XXXI Dynasty
- Period: Third Intermediate Period-Macedonian Period
- Dimensions: Height: 1 13/16 in. (4.6 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: 1992.169
- Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ward
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Figure of a Girl Holding a Drum, ca. 712-305 B.C.E. Bronze, Height: 1 13/16 in. (4.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ward, 1992.169. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Bronze figure of a standing girl holding a drum. Condition: Areas of green corrosion on head, abdomen and in hollows. Nose worn; patina worn away on drum straps and rear of body.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)