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Relief of Mourning Men, Roughly Rectangular Slab

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
This relief fragment shows two men, on the right, who make the gestures of mourners. The small cuts in the stone surface above and in front of the figures represent the dust that mourning Egyptians poured on their heads as a sign of bereavement. To the left can be seen the traces of a man in official dress who appears to be hurrying from the opened door of the tomb. Unlike many of the objects in this gallery, the scene suggests distress in the presence of death.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 9 9/16 x 14 3/16 x 7/8 in. (24.3 x 36 x 2.3 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 69.114
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Relief of Mourning Men, Roughly Rectangular Slab, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, 9 9/16 x 14 3/16 x 7/8 in. (24.3 x 36 x 2.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 69.114. Creative Commons-BY
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