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Sculptor's Trial Piece

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Limestone, pigment
  • Place Made: Tell el-Amarna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 9/16 × 4 × 1 in. (11.6 × 10.2 × 2.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 35.1998
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Sculptor's Trial Piece, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 4 9/16 × 4 × 1 in. (11.6 × 10.2 × 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 35.1998. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.35.1998_NegA_print_bw.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.35.1998_NegA_print_bw.jpg., 2016
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small limestone sculptor’s trial piece. The front surface has been carefully finished and used as a trail piece. At the bottom are four registers of “T” signs above which are five feather signs. The two outside feather signs are in sunk relief, the middle three were painted in red ink apparently to serve as guiding lines. The feather sign second from the right is partially sculptured. There are traced of red outlines on almost all of the “T” signs. The workmanship is poor but the piece has considerable technical interest as evidence of production method. The back is rough. Condition: A few slight scratches on the surface.
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