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Standing Statuette of Lady Tuty

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Lady Tuty's statuette was discovered in a communal tomb at Medinet Gurob. The style of Tuty's sculpture is more traditional than a statue of Lady Mi also found at the tomb: the figure is slimmer and the fringed dress is depicted in a plainer, heavier fabric. Certain elements—such as the big gilded earrings and the faint traces of gilded sandals—associate her with the extraordinary wealth of Amunhotep's time. The cone on her head represents a type of perfumed ointment worn by wealthy Egyptians at banquets and other opulent occasions. The cone gradually melted, releasing its fragrance over the hair and clothes.

MEDIUM Wood, gilded
  • Place Excavated: Medinet Gurob, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 10 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 5 1/2 in. (26 x 4.8 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Standing Statuette of Lady Tuty, ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E. Wood, gilded, 10 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 5 1/2 in. (26 x 4.8 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 54.187. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE back, 54.187_back_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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