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Female Figurine

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.
MEDIUM Terracotta, pigment
  • Place Made: Sudan
  • DATES ca. 3500-3100 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Predynastic Period, Naqada II-Naqada III Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 1 9/16 in. (14 x 3.7 x 4 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1996.146.1
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer
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    CAPTION 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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