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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
MEDIUM Steatite, glaze
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1336–1327 B.C.E., ca. 1327–1323 b.c, or ca. 1323–1295 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 3 13/16 x 2 in. (9.7 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1869, acquired by William Henry Forman of Dorking, England; 1869, inherited by Mrs. Major Burt of Dorking; circa 1889, inherited by Alexander Henry Browne of Callaly Castle, Northumberland, England, no. 1535; June 20, 1899, sold at Sotheby's London, "The Forman Collection of Antiquities, and Objects of Art of the Renaissance, etc.," lot 223; between 1899 and 1926, provenance not yet documented; by January 16, 1926, acquired by Thomas David Gibson-Carmichael of Skirling, Scotland; June 9, 1926, purchased from the estate of Thomas David Gibson-Carmichael at Sotheby's London, "The Collections Formed by the Late Lord Carmichael of Skirling," lot 273, by Kalebdjian Frères of Paris, France; between 1926 and 1933, provenance not yet documented; by July 1933, acquired by Maurice Nahman of Cairo, Egypt; July 24, 1933, purchased from Maurice Nahman by the Brummer Gallery, New York, NY, P10019; March 3, 1949, purchased from the Brummer Gallery by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Green glazed stone figure of kneeling woman. 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.
    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.49.53_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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