Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Although it is one of many similar compositions, this statuette has particular interest for the inscribed rectangular item, possibly a papyrus, on top of the man’s phallus. The nonhieroglyphic writing is enigmatic, perhaps representing musical notation.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Erotic Musicians, 305-30 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 5 13/16 x 8 1/4 in. (14.8 x 21 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
, 58.34. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.58.34_wwg8.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.58.34_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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Erotic group in soft white limestone. Nude man seated, his enlarged phallus extended on ground. Smaller figure of nude woman playing harp seated on far end of phallus. The man holds curious object in front of him – a musical instrument? Some detail outlined in black paint.
Condition: Entire surface worn. Numerous chips along base, on man’s legs etc. Assembled with some restorations along center of phallus.
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