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Fragment of a Pectoral

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E.
    PERIOD New Kingdom (probably)
    DIMENSIONS 2 3/16 × 1 7/8 × 3/8 in. (5.6 × 4.8 × 1 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1739E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Fragment of a Pectoral, ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E. Faience, 2 3/16 × 1 7/8 × 3/8 in. (5.6 × 4.8 × 1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1739E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.37.1739E_view01.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.1739E_view01.jpg., 2018
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fragment of a pectoral made of yellow glazed faience touched with other colors. On the obverse is preserved a representation of a goddess standing with her arms raised up in a gesture of adoration. In front of her is preserved a small part of some object which is glazed blue. The goddess’ skin is glazed a dull sky blue. Her hair is a glossy deep blue while her dress is red. Her wig is crowned with some emblem which is only partially preserved. Behind her is preserved part of some object which is glazed the same color as her hair. The side border of the piece is decorated with a vertical band drawn in brown and divided up into a series of rectangles in the following pattern: A long rectangle glazed blue followed by four small rectangles drawn in outline in brown, and not colored in which are followed in turn by a long red rectangle followed by four small uncolored rectangles followed by a blue rectangle etc. The lower part of the obverse is decorated with a horizontal band similar to the one just described. Only a small part of the upper border is preserved. It appears to consist of a double band of rectangles drawn in brown outline and uncolored. The figure of the goddess is in relief; the other colored areas mentioned are executed as glazes set into indentations. On the reverse there is a preserved a brown outline drawing of “tyet” (Girdle of Isis) and a border of rectangles drawn in outline in brown. Condition: Some areas of goddess’ dress turned dark; yellow glaze turning dark and dull in spots; otherwise good.
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