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Male and Female Offering Bearers

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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

These figures must once have formed part of a tomb relief of a procession of figures bringing offerings to the deceased. Semi-nudity for subservient figures is not rare in Egyptian art. However, the combination of these figures' scanty attire, the boldness of the relief carving, and the semi-frontal depiction of the woman is sufficiently unusual to help date this relief to the second half of the fourth century B.C.

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 4th century B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/8 × 2 15/16 in. (13 × 7.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CAPTION Male and Female Offering Bearers, 4th century B.C.E. Limestone, 5 1/8 × 2 15/16 in. (13 × 7.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 77.193. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.77.193_wwg8.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.77.193_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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