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Figurine of an Elephant

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Terracotta
  • Place Excavated: Kom el-Ahmar, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 3850–3300 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Predynastic Period, Naqada I to early Naqada II Period
    DIMENSIONS 1 3/4 x 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (4.5 x 2.3 x 7.1 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 09.889.325
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small rather crude figurine of reddish brown pottery, representing a young elephant (?). Legs stumpy forelegs and hindlegs joined without any separation. Hindpart of body higher. Very short tail. Ears or horns crudely indicated. No neck. Head long and painted. Probably a toy. Condition: Intact, except for slight chipping at right hind leg.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Figurine of an Elephant, ca. 3850–3300 B.C.E. Terracotta, 1 3/4 x 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (4.5 x 2.3 x 7.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 09.889.325. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.09.889.325_threequarter01.JPG)
    IMAGE threequarter, CUR.09.889.325_threequarter01.JPG. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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