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Figurine of a Cow

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

  • Place Excavated: Kom el-Ahmar, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 4400–2170 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Predynastic Period to Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 3 15/16 x 2 5/16 x 6 11/16 in. (10 x 5.8 x 17 cm) mount: 6 3/4 × 6 × 2 1/4 in. (17.1 × 15.2 × 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 09.889.323
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Kitchenmiddens No. 108, Kom el Ahmar, Egypt; between December 1907 and January 1908, excavated by Henri de Morgan of Francescas, France and New York, NY; 1909 purchased from Henri de Morgan by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Crude figurine of brownish pottery, representing a cow. Forelegs and hindlegs joined. Belly puffed up. No udder. Neck natural. Horns very crudely indicated. Fine specimen. Perhaps a toy. Condition: Generally good. Most of tail and much of muzzle missing; right hind foot chipped.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Figurine of a Cow, ca. 4400–2170 B.C.E. Clay, 3 15/16 x 2 5/16 x 6 11/16 in. (10 x 5.8 x 17 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 09.889.323. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.889.323_view02_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 09.889.323_view02_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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