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Relief of Mourners Before a Tomb

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Members of the wealthier ranks hired professional mourners for their funeral rituals. These could include both women and men. In addition to performing stylized motions, they may have also sung or made other sounds during the funeral. The mourners in this relief are in the courtyard in front of a tomb entrance, represented on the right. This relief comes from a tomb, where it guaranteed perpetual mourning for the deceased.
MEDIUM Limestone
DATES ca. 1295-1190 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XIX Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 16 9/16 x 12 3/16 x 2 3/8 in. (42 x 31 x 6 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1504E
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Relief of Mourners Before a Tomb, ca. 1295-1190 B.C.E. Limestone, 16 9/16 x 12 3/16 x 2 3/8 in. (42 x 31 x 6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1504E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1504E_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 37.1504E_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone slab, rectangular in shape, decorated with a sunk relief representation of three women mourning before a tomb. Only one of the women is completely preserved. Condition: Left hand edge and upper right edge much chipped; other small chips. Paint missing; surface rubbed.
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