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Recumbent Calf

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor

The small size, skillfully molded faience, and whimsical nature of this statuette all correspond to the Middle Kingdom animal sculptures displayed in this case. The incised eyebrows and ribs and the very thin layer of glaze, however, have few parallels from the Middle Kingdom. The obiect may therefore date to Dynasty 26, a time when craftsmen evoked earlier art.

MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. or ca. 664-505 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty or XXVI Dynasty
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom or Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 1 11/16 x 3 1/16 x 1 1/4 in. (4.3 x 7.7 x 3.1 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Recumbent Calf, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. or ca. 664-505 B.C.E. Faience, 1 11/16 x 3 1/16 x 1 1/4 in. (4.3 x 7.7 x 3.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 70.92. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.70.92_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 10/28/2008
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    Recumbent Calf