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Statue of a Goddess

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Some elements of Egyptian art were susceptible to frequent change, but others were bound by tradition. The style of garments shown on statues, for example, changed with fashion trends, but a sculptural form, once perfected, tended to be reproduced for thousands of years.

This statue depicts the elaborate garments favored by the aristocracy in the first century C.E. Although the clothing style of this statue differs from earlier pharaonic ones, the basic poses are identical.
MEDIUM Basalt
  • Place Made: Africa
  • DATES 1st century C.E.
    PERIOD Roman Imperial Period
    DIMENSIONS 37 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (95.3 x 34.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 74.220
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Statue of a Goddess, 1st century C.E. Basalt, 37 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (95.3 x 34.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 74.220. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.74.220_erg456.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.74.220_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/5/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One striding statue of a queen, she wears a close fitting draped garment, covering the shoulders, and knotted between the breasts. Her right arm falls naturally along her body and the hand is closed with emblematic stave. In her left arm she holds a cornucopia. Her wig consists of several ringlets falling over her shoulders. The uninscribed back pillar reaches the bottom of the wig. Black basalt. Condition: Entire surface pitted. Some areas especially the back pillar may not have been polished. The left shoulder, top of cornucopia, bottom of cornucopia, and the tip of the thumb and the first finger of the left hand are gone. The ringlet at the right from shoulder is mostly gone as the right thumb and part of the emblematic stave. The head is gone above the chin and the feet are gone above the ankle.
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