Fragment of a Left Hand
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The original appearance of a complete sculpture can often be recognized from even a small fragment. Statues offering a naos, or shrine with a divine image, which this hand originally held, became popular in the later periods of Egyptian history. They depict the owner in perpetual offering and thus in the eternal presence of a divinity. The inscription on this and another fragment now in Liverpool identifies the deity as Osiris and the owner as Senu, a prince, noble, governor, overseer of the royal harem, and prophet of Osiris, Horus, and Isis, lords of the Temple of Provisions.
4 7/16 x 4 7/16 in. (11.2 x 11.2 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
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Fragment of a Left Hand, 285-246 B.C. Basalt, 4 7/16 x 4 7/16 in. (11.2 x 11.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.620. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 16.620_view3.jpg)
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