Figure of Monkey Seated on Ovoid Base
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Throughout Egyptian history, monkeys were enjoyed for their playful, whimsical behavior. This blue faience example holds a ball or piece of fruit. In antiquity, it wore a metal earring indicating that it represented a household pet. Because they had to be imported over great distances at considerable expense, the possession of monkeys indicated the owner’s wealth and social status.
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
2 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 9/16 in. (5.4 x 2.8 x 4 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Figure of Monkey Seated on Ovoid Base, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Faience, 2 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 9/16 in. (5.4 x 2.8 x 4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 48.181. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 48.181_PS2.jpg)
overall, 48.181_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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Blue glazed figure of monkey seated on ovoid base. Body in the round, head at right angles to shoulders, ears pierced, hands extended grasping unidentified object supported by one foot and resting on base.
Condition: Intact. Glaze slightly worn on front of body.
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