Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Female figurines in terracotta and stone have been excavated from Neolithic Period Nubian graves at sites such as El Kadada, suggesting they functioned in the mortuary ritual and perhaps in the afterlife of the deceased. Abbreviated arms, full hips, and incised and painted markings that could indicate tattooing, body decoration, or clothing are characteristic of these figurines.
ca. 3500-3100 B.C.E.
Predynastic Period, Naqada II-Naqada III Period
5 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 1 9/16 in. (14 x 3.7 x 4 cm) (show scale)
Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer
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Nubian. Female Figurine, ca. 3500-3100 B.C.E. Terracotta, pigment, 5 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 1 9/16 in. (14 x 3.7 x 4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer, 1996.146.1. Creative Commons-BY
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