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.
ca. 2675-2170 B.C.E.
III Dynasty, or earlier
10 7/8 x 10 7/16 x 2 9/16 in. (27.7 x 26.5 x 6.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
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