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Statuette of a Nubian Captive

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

CULTURE Egyptian
MEDIUM Steatite
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES probably 2nd-1st century B.C.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 3/8 x 2 3/4 in. (8.5 x 7 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Egyptian. Statuette of a Nubian Captive, probably 2nd-1st century B.C. Steatite, 3 3/8 x 2 3/4 in. (8.5 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.59. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.49.59_negA_print_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Black steatite statuette of a nude, crouching Nubian. Body in contorted, writhing position with legs drawn up, arms flung around body as if to ward off a blow. Head twisted to left with mouth open. Hair indicated by drill holes, with surface unpolished. Surface of body highly polished. Pattern of ribs and spine conventionalized. Condition: Both feet missing. Right arm missing from just above elbow. Otherwise intact.
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    Statuette of a Nubian Captive