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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

We can see portions of the faces of four musicians on this sunk-relief fragment. The indIvidual on the far left plays a double flute; the small lyre strummed by a graceful hand belongs to a figure no longer preserved. These musicians probably entertained at a royal banquet depicted on a temple or palace wall.

MEDIUM Limestone, pigment
DATES ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
DIMENSIONS 9 1/4 x 5 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. (23.5 x 13 x 26.7 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
PROVENANCE Central Halls of the Southern Section of the State Apartments of the Great Palace in the Central City at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt; 1935-36, excavated by John Devitt Stringfellow Pendlebury for the Egypt Exploration Society (excavation no. 35-36/507); 1936, gift of the Egypt Exploration Society to the Brooklyn Museum.
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MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
CAPTION Musicians, ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 9 1/4 x 5 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. (23.5 x 13 x 26.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 36.882. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.36.882_wwg7.jpg)
IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 7 installation, CUR.36.882_wwg7.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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