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Statuette of a Female Acrobat

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
By placing a sculpture of an acrobat in his tomb, Sa-Inher declared that he had sufficient wealth to enjoy such diversions throughout eternity. This acrobat is portrayed performing a backbend. The figure’s head was missing when the tomb was excavated; most likely it was broken by grave robbers. The red lines on the woman’s body represent a network of beads or body paint.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Excavated: Tomb D303, Abydos
  • DATES ca. 1938-1630 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 4 × 2 × 7 in. (10.2 × 5.1 × 17.8 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 13.1024
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Statuette of a Female Acrobat, ca. 1938-1630 B.C.E. Limestone, 4 × 2 × 7 in. (10.2 × 5.1 × 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 13.1024. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 13.1024_profile_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE profile, 13.1024_profile_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone statuette, in the round, of nude female dancer performing a funerary dance (the Khetebt). Body bent backward. Face up, with hair touching base, body supported by arms which rest on oblong uninscribed base. Traces of red paint on body. Condition: Entire head missing from top of neck to lower part of hair. Body has been assembled and there are minor chips on arms. Mediocre workmanship. Red lines on body apparently indicate a bead network. Traces of black paint at base of hair indicate that it was painted black.
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