Skip Navigation

Calf Bearer

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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

Images of men carrying animals slung over their shoulders are found in Egyptian tomb reliefs and paintings of people bearing offerings for the dead from as early as the Old Kingdom. The fourth and third centuries B.C. provide a number of such images, including one in this vitrine, at least some of which were made for tombs. The purpose of this plaque, however, remains unknown. A few contemporaneous reliefs, including a second in this vitrine, provide parallels for the figure's frontality and for its extremely bold carving. Since most of the objects offering stylistic parallels originated in Lower Egypt, this plaque probably did as well.

CULTURE Graeco-Egyptian
MEDIUM Faience or glass
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 4th–3rd century B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 30
    PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 1/4 x 2 7/16 in. (8.2 x 6.2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour fund
    CAPTION Graeco-Egyptian. Calf Bearer, 4th–3rd century B.C.E. Faience or glass, 3 1/4 x 2 7/16 in. (8.2 x 6.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour fund, 51.222. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.51.222_wwg8.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.51.222_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.