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Figurine of a Steatopygous Female

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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

During the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period, sculptors occasionally depicted the female form in a highly schematic manner: flat heads, prominent buttocks, small breasts, slim waists, and eyes and eyebrows that appear as slits. Their style differs from standard Egyptian artistic conventions, indicating that these figures may have been Nubian imports or objects made by or for the poor.

MEDIUM Terracotta
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1630-1539 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XIII Dynasty-XVII Dynasty
    PERIOD Hyksos Period-Second Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 3/4 x 1 7/16 x 9/16 in. (12 x 3.7 x 1.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Figurine of a Steatopygous Female, ca. 1630-1539 B.C.E. Terracotta, 4 3/4 x 1 7/16 x 9/16 in. (12 x 3.7 x 1.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 77.49. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 77.49_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One terracotta figurine of a steatopygous woman with "hammer-head", pierced to receive non-extant hair. Dot holes in groups represent tatooing. Condition: Excellent; Only the feet from the ankles down are missing.
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