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Head of a Jackal

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Wood, stucco, pigment
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539 B.C.E. or later
    PERIOD New Kingdom or later
    DIMENSIONS 6 3/16 x 5 5/16 in. (15.7 x 13.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1530E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Head of a Jackal, ca. 1539 B.C.E. or later. Wood, stucco, pigment, 6 3/16 x 5 5/16 in. (15.7 x 13.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1530E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1530E_profile_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE profile, 37.1530E_profile_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Jackal head from a statuette. Wood stuccoed and painted. Ears erect, muzzle closed. Painted black, white used to outline eyes and brows; red ribbon about neck. Alert, keen look but not much detail. Ears not at all hollowed out. Presumably from a recumbent figure of the Anubis jackal, which once surmounted a Canopic box or coffin of other funerary furniture. Condition: A vertical crack through the stucco, all around the head, just at back of eyes suggests to that jaws were of a separate piece of wood doweled to remainder of head. Tips of ears and now slightly chipped but these injuries not noticeable, mostly in stucco rather than wood. Some stucco chipped from forehead between eyes and at base of ears and base of neck.
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