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Camp Scene

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

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
  • DATES ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
    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)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 64.148.3
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Camp Scene, ca. 1352-1336 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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    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.
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