Figure of Monkey Seated on Ovoid Base
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This blue glazed faience monkey holds a round object, perhaps a ball or a piece of fruit, in its forepaws. In antiquity the animal’s pierced ears had metal earrings indicating that it was a household pet. New Kingdom tomb paintings frequently show pets, including monkeys and cats, wearing earrings.
The Egyptians valued monkeys for more than their humorous antics. They also viewed monkeys as erotic symbols linked to the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
late XVIII Dynasty
2 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 9/16 in. (5.4 x 2.8 x 4 cm) (show scale)
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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)
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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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