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Camp Scene

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Most people think of Egypt as a very warm country, but at night the desert air can be uncomfortably cold. This camp scene shows two men lying on either side of a roaring fire; they cover their bodies with thick blankets to protect against chills. The artist lets us see through the blankets as if they were transparent.

MEDIUM Limestone, pigment
  • Possible Place Collected: Tell el-Amarna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352–1332 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 9 3/16 x 14 3/8 x 1 15/16 in. (23.3 x 36.5 x 5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; probably from Tell el-Amarna, Egypt; by October 7, 1964, acquired by Ernst E. Kofler of Lucerne, Switzerland; 1964, purchased from Ernest E. Kofler by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Whitish discolored limestone slab, with two reclining male figures in sunk relief, one above the other; between them an oblong object, with fire at left end. Vertical line on right. Original edge preserved above, left and bottom; right edge broken. Traces of red color on men's faces, oblong object and vertical cut. Condition: Edges rough; nose of upper man chipped, whole surface discolored yellow brown.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Camp Scene, ca. 1352–1332 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 9 3/16 x 14 3/8 x 1 15/16 in. (23.3 x 36.5 x 5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 64.148.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.64.148.3_wwg7.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 7 installation, CUR.64.148.3_wwg7.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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