Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Egyptian hieroglyphs use images of humans, animals, plants, and objects to represent sounds as well as complete words. The intricacy and beauty of some signs qualify them as miniature works of art. These highly detailed and brightly painted hieroglyphs once formed part of a religious inscription on a square pillar or corner of a tomb. Most Egyptian reliefs were once as colorful as this text.
Limestone, arsenic-based paint
ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E.
15 x 12 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (38.1 x 32.4 x 12.1 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Relief Fragment, ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E. Limestone, arsenic-based paint, 15 x 12 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (38.1 x 32.4 x 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1892E. Creative Commons-BY
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