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Figure of a Cynocephalus Ape

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Steatite
  • Reportedly From: Abusir, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E.
    PERIOD New Kingdom or later
    DIMENSIONS 4 x 2 1/16 x 2 1/16 in. (10.2 x 5.2 x 5.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.325E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Figure of a Cynocephalus Ape, ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E. Steatite, 4 x 2 1/16 x 2 1/16 in. (10.2 x 5.2 x 5.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.325E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.325E_37.324E_GRPA_print_cropped_bw.jpg)
    IMAGE threequarter, CUR.37.325E_37.324E_GRPA_print_cropped_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Greenish-blue glazed talc or steatite (probably the latter) figure of a seated cynocephalus. The ape sits upon a base decorated with a cavetto cornice. The base is curved in the rear. The ape’s heavy mane is decorated with a crudely incised lozenge pattern. There is a hole for the insertion of some object- perhaps a sun-disk in the top of the head. On the ape’s back are two holes in the shape of dovetail clamps. Condition: Snout broken away; mane chipped; large chips in base; other smaller chips.
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