Vessel in the Form of a Kneeling Woman
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
ca. 1336-1327 B.C.E., ca. 1327-1323 b.c, or ca. 1323-1295 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Green glazed stone figure of kneeling man. Figure kneels with body resting on legs. Hands extended on thighs; left hand claps nw pot; in right hand a curved horn. Across torso three conventionalized lines of fat. Headdress of Middle Kingdom type with long braid at back. Circular opening on top of head. Body hollowed; oblong opening at base. Use unknown. Apparently was originally fitted to a base.
On the left side of the figure there is a line which starts on the palm of the hand and runs down over the thigh onto the calf of the leg. That portion of this line which lies on the leg is cut by a series of short parallel lines. These lines, which are beneath the glaze, appear to be painted on. The apparent continuation of this line, from mid-calf down under the leg, is a crack which is also beneath the glaze. There is no other trace of paint on this piece.
Condition: Rim chipped. Area missing on left side adjoining left elbow.
Vessel in the Form of a Kneeling Woman, ca. 1336-1327 B.C.E., ca. 1327-1323 b.c, or ca. 1323-1295 B.C.E. Steatite, glaze, 3 13/16 x 2 in. (9.7 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.53. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.49.53_wwg8.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.49.53_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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There's a figurine made from "glazed steatite" and a jewelry spacer made from glazed faience, from about 1000 BC, and they're this gorgeous blue or green. Is that how they were found or somehow worked on to get back that color?
I'm sure they've been cleaned, but other than that faience, especially, holds color VERY well. That's part of the reason the ancient Egyptians used it so much.
Steatite is a type of stone that can also be glazed in a similar way. The glazes are glass-based which has a lot to do with how they've remained so stable.