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Figure of Recumbent Sphinx

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
  • Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES 525-30 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 27, or later
    PERIOD Persian Period or Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 1 3/16 x 13/16 x 3/16 in. (3 x 2.1 x 0.4 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Figure of Recumbent Sphinx, 525-30 B.C.E. Glass, 1 3/16 x 13/16 x 3/16 in. (3 x 2.1 x 0.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1316E. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.37.1316E_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Opaque glass inlay representing, in relief (rear surface flat), a human-headed recumbent sphinx wearing a “Nemes”. Its arms and human hands are extended forwards to hold a mummiform falcon-headed figure (canopic jar?). Both figures rest on a low plinth. The sphinx and the area of the base beneath him are a grass green; the falcon-headed figure and the part of the base beneath it as well as the sphinx’s hands are blue. Condition: Tan incrustation in hollows.
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