Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
To represent sounds and ideas, the Egyptian system of hieroglyphic writing employed signs in the form of complete or partial images of humans, other creatures, plants, and objects. The intricacy and beauty of some hieroglyphs qualify them as miniature works of art, just as some large-scale figural representations are actually monumental hieroglyphs. Many of this vitrine’s reliefs were once as brightly painted as this text.
ca. 670-650 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 25 to early Dynasty 26
Late Third Intermediate Period to early Late Period
7 3/8 × 5 3/4 × 1 1/4 in. (18.7 × 14.6 × 3.2 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Fragment of limestone with single column of inscription in sunk relief containing plural termination of a word, the quail in yellow and red, the strokes in blue. Joins at upper left corner of fragment 60.131.2.
Condition: Preserved portion intact.
Egyptian. Fragmentary Inscription, ca. 670-650 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 7 3/8 × 5 3/4 × 1 1/4 in. (18.7 × 14.6 × 3.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 60.131.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 60.131.1_PS9.jpg)
overall, 60.131.1_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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