Sculptor's Trial Piece
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
4 9/16 × 4 × 1 in. (11.6 × 10.2 × 2.5 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
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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)
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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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