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Lid of a Sarcophagus

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

CULTURE Aramaic
MEDIUM Terracotta, pigment
  • Reportedly From: Tourah, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 664-332 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 35 x 23 x 5 in. (88.9 x 58.4 x 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1517E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Aramaic. Lid of a Sarcophagus, ca. 664-332 B.C.E. Terracotta, pigment, 35 x 23 x 5 in. (88.9 x 58.4 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1517E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1517E_front_SL3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.1517E_front_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Painted terracotta lid of an Aramaic sarcophagus. The lid has been broken into two pieces. The larger piece includes the head and the major part of the body. The smaller piece comprises the lower part of the body. The head is modeled rather crudely. The eyes, nose and mouth are large and project strongly. The nose is straight; the nostrils are given by two large circular depressions above the upper lip. The mouth s straight with a deep slit separating the lips. There is a circular depression in each ear. The figure wears a short curled beard, and a lappet wig. The body is not modeled except for two knobs which indicate the breasts or nipples. Condition: Surface scratched; slight traces of paint preserved; broken into two pieces.
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