Statuette of a Girl
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
To ancient Egyptians, this miniature representation of a nude young girl would have had erotic appeal in ways that may elude us now. Her heavy wig alludes to the Egyptian practice of wearing an elaborate coiffure during sex. Although this figure’s original function is not clear, the loop on the top of the head implies that it was suspended from a cord.
ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Statuette of a Girl, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Ivory, painted, 3 1/4 x 5/8 in. (8.3 x 1.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 40.126.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 40.126.2_SL1.jpg)
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Small painted ivory statuette of a nude standing girl, wearing elaborately braided wig; suspension loop on the top of wig. Left arm held under breasts. Hair painted black; minute traces of red pigment on body.
Condition: Practically perfect. Necklace missing. Two minute holes just above pelvis suggest figure may have worn a belt or girdle.
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