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.
ca. 1938-1630 B.C.E.
XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
4 × 2 × 7 in. (10.2 × 5.1 × 17.8 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
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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)
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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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