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Female Offering Bearer

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

This semi-clad woman in a fringed coat and shawl must once have been part of a row of tomb figures bringing offerings for the deceased. She carries flowers draped over one arm and a pot in one hand. To judge from comparable reliefs whose dates and provenances are known, the tomb from which the relief came was a work of the fourth century B.C. in Lower Egypt.

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 4th century B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 7/16 × 4 7/16 × 7/8 in. (13.8 × 11.2 × 2.3 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 72.12
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Female Offering Bearer, 4th century B.C.E. Limestone, 5 7/16 × 4 7/16 × 7/8 in. (13.8 × 11.2 × 2.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 72.12. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.72.12_wwg8.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.72.12_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One limestone raised relief fragment showing the body of a girl from shoulders to knees. The modeling is fine and quite full. She is striding, carrying in her left hand a small vessel with handle. The right arm is raised and bent at the elbow; the hand and forearm broken away. One lotus flower, two buds and a lotus leaf with stems hang over the elbow of the raised arm. She wears a bundle shaped amulet at the neck and long transparent garment fringed at one side seemingly covering only her back and one shoulder. The garment is fastened at the shoulder with an elaborate knot. In addition a cape-like garment over left shoulder. Condition: Some areas unfinished lacking final smoothness or simply summarily done. No trace of color; small gouges and scratches over raised portion. Right side cut almost smooth, other three sides broken. Back flat.
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