Funerary Figure of a Woman
This large figure of a woman was carved against a flat ground. Originally full-length, the figure may have been broken by the tomb robbers who left marks in the stone around the woman’s head while trying to remove her from the background. Her hairdo, clothing, and jewelry are entirely classical, as was then the fashion. The cup in her hand, meant to hold Nile River water, shows that she was a priestess of Isis, one of the few Egyptian deities whose cult lasted into this period.
- Medium: Limestone, traces of gesso and paint
- Place Found: Oxyrhynchos, Egypt
- Dates: 3rd - 4th century C.E.
- Period: Late Antique Egyptian Period
- Dimensions: 34 5/8 x 20 1/16 x 11 13/16 in. (88 x 51 x 30 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 70.132
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Funerary Figure of a Woman, 3rd - 4th century C.E. Limestone, traces of gesso and paint, 34 5/8 x 20 1/16 x 11 13/16 in. (88 x 51 x 30 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 70.132. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)