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Figure of a Man

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This flat, extremely elongated figure wears only a penis sheath. The arms, now mostly lost, originally extended down along the figure's body. Inlays of another material once filled the vacant eyeholes.

MEDIUM Ivory
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 4000-3800 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Predynastic Period, early Naqada I Period
    DIMENSIONS 11/16 x 7 1/16 in. (1.8 x 17.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 35.1268
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Figure of a Man, ca. 4000-3800 B.C.E. Ivory, 11/16 x 7 1/16 in. (1.8 x 17.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1268. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE front, 35.1268_front_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Free-standing elongated ivory figure of a man wearing a so-called Libyan sheath. Eyes circular and originally inlaid. Prominent ears, elongated face. Legs entirely in the round. Few details indicated on body. Arms, now missing, were very elongated, extending down well onto thighs. Condition: Arms missing. Inlay of eyes missing. Back of head missing.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (85%)
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