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Fragmentary Inscription

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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 actualiy monumental hieroglyphs. Many of this vitrine's reliefs were once as brightly painted as this text.

CULTURE Egyptian
MEDIUM Limestone, paint
  • Possible Place Collected: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 670-650 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XXV Dynasty-early XXVI Dynasty
    PERIOD Late Third Intermediate Period to early Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 7 x 5 7/8 in. (17.8 x 14.9 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 Egyptian. Fragmentary Inscription, ca. 670-650 B.C.E. Limestone, paint, 7 x 5 7/8 in. (17.8 x 14.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 60.131.1. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 60.131.1_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
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