Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Because rebirth required an act of physical conception, sexual allure was still important to the Egyptians after death. Indeed an ancient Egyptian believed his or her appearance in the tomb was more important than ever, creating the erotic stimulus that would lead to rebirth. Thus cosmetics, combs for styling hair, and jewelry such as these earrings were included in the tomb to enhance amatory potential. These goods also followed a person to the next world.
ca. 1539-1190 B.C.E.
Dynasty 18 to Dynasty 19
5/16 × Diam. 11/16 in. (0.8 × 1.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Penannular Earring, ca. 1539-1190 B.C.E. Red jasper, 5/16 × Diam. 11/16 in. (0.8 × 1.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1958E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 37.1957E_37.1958E_PS4.jpg)
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