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Slab From a Mastaba of a Woman

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The representation of the tomb owner seated before food and other offerings is the oldest subject in Egyptian funerary reliefs, first appearing, as here, in the Early Dynastic Period. Indications of the early date of this relief are the female tomb owner’s elongated figure and the large knot on her shoulder. Her offerings include two animal-headed jars at the top center. On the table are loaves of bread. The woman’s name, inscribed above her head, has been lost.
MEDIUM Limestone
DATES ca. 2675-2170 B.C.E.
DYNASTY III Dynasty, or earlier
PERIOD Old Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 10 7/8 x 10 7/16 x 2 9/16 in. (27.7 x 26.5 x 6.5 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Slab From a Mastaba of a Woman, ca. 2675-2170 B.C.E. Limestone, 10 7/8 x 10 7/16 x 2 9/16 in. (27.7 x 26.5 x 6.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1348E. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 37.1348E_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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