Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
Apparently a unique object, this temple offering features the heads of two animals emerging from a bell-shaped form. The type of animal is not clear. Although the heads and ears suggest that they are hippopotami, the scaly skin resembles that of a crocodile. Perhaps the animals are composites. The meticulous modeling and detail of the heads indicate the date.
Dynasty 26 or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
5 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. (14 x 9.5 x 29.2 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Mating Hippopotami, 664-30 B.C.E. Limestone, 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. (14 x 9.5 x 29.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.262. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 36.262_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
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Compact limestone (?) sculpture of two crocodiles enclosed in one body (?). Heads worked on great detail, body undecorated. Meaning unknown. Possible representation of the goddess Tanent.
Condition: Good; one side of body has extensive black stains. Other side of body is considerably weathered, apparently by vegetal growth during burial. Minor chips on various parts of head. Very fine workmanship.
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