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Calf Bearer

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 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 XXX Dynasty
    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
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    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
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.51.222_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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