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Statuette of Nursing Woman

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
The pose of the nursing woman—a standard one in Egyptian art—was also the hieroglyph meaning “nurse.” Because its subjects are not identified, this little figure probably did not represent real individuals but rather served as a votive gift requesting a goddess’s protection.
MEDIUM Limestone, paint
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1938-after 1630 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XII Dynasty-XIII Dynasty
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm) base: 2 1/2 x 3 5/16 in. (6.3 x 8.4 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 51.224
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Statuette of Nursing Woman, ca. 1938-after 1630 B.C.E. Limestone, paint, 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 51.224. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.51.224_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone statuette of seated woman nursing male child. Woman seated on uninscribed rectangular base, her left leg raised, foot on ground, the right leg on ground behind left leg. Dress ending at knee with fringed seam at rear. Heavy wig with rear, central division and two lappets on front. Illegible inscription incised on head of child. Condition: Front and back of base chipped. Surface worn. Left foot of woman missing. Some traces of red paint on bodies.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (79%)
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