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Enigmatic Fragment

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

Whom this statuette depicts is a mystery because it has no parallels. The dot-in-lozenge pattern of the figure's garment is known from other Egyptian contexts spanning the New Kingdom (Dynasties XVIII–XX, circa 1539–1070 B.C.) and the seventh century of the modern era, but it is not attested on any other garment of this type. The heavy, sensuous proportions of the body suggest a date in either Dynasty XXX or the Ptolemaic Period.

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 4th century B.C.E. (probably)
    PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period (probably)
    DIMENSIONS Height: 9 15/16 in. (25.2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CAPTION Enigmatic Fragment, 4th century B.C.E. (probably). Limestone, Height: 9 15/16 in. (25.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 51.67. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.51.67_wwg8.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.51.67_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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