Relief of Mourners Before a Tomb
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
- Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
- 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)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.1504E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- 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
- 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.
- Record Completeness: Best (92%)