Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The decoration of this ax blade consists of a graceful ibex lowering Its head to eat. Executed in an openwork technique, the blade would have broken if used to deliver a blow. In all probability, it functioned in a funerary or cultic ceremony in which its use was purely symbolic.
ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
3 3/8 × 1/8 × 2 5/8 in. (8.6 × 0.3 × 6.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Openwork bronze ceremonial axe blade with figure of ibex, bearded, male, thin tail, which has both forelegs and the left hind leg advanced.
Condition: Surface reddish in color, rough and pitted and in two places still showing green corrosion, namely on the tail on the left side and at the upper edge forward inner corner.
Ax Blade, ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E. Bronze, 3 3/8 × 1/8 × 2 5/8 in. (8.6 × 0.3 × 6.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 66.171.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.66.171.1_wwg8.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.66.171.1_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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