Cosmetic Container in Form of Recumbent Gazelle
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Like spoons, cosmetic dishes may have been used for mixing ointments in the home, or for ritual purposes in a temple, or both.
Many of the dishes have images that seem to refer to beliefs about life after death. Both the lotus and the fish, for example, were associated with rebirth. Other subjects, such as the oryx (a type of antelope), may allude to the desire to maintain universal order. Because the oryx lived in the mysterious desert—beyond the ordered realm of Egyptian civilization—a bound oryx represented victory over chaos.
ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
2 9/16 x 2 1/2 x 7 11/16 in. (6.5 x 6.4 x 19.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Cosmetic Container in Form of Recumbent Gazelle, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Wood, ivory, 2 9/16 x 2 1/2 x 7 11/16 in. (6.5 x 6.4 x 19.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.601E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.601E_erg456.jpg)
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