Figure of a Monkey Playing a Harp
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
2 13/16 × 1/2 × 1 11/16 in. (7.2 × 1.3 × 4.3 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
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Figure of a Monkey Playing a Harp, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 2 13/16 × 1/2 × 1 11/16 in. (7.2 × 1.3 × 4.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.82. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.16.82_NegA_print_bw.jpg)
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Small limestone figure of a monkey playing a harp. He is squatting on the ground with a harp directly in front of him, a position frequently found in Theban tomb paintings of which this may well be a caricature. The strings of the harp were indicated in orange-red as was the flesh of the monkey with other details in black. Extensive traces of color still remain.
Condition: Surface worn.
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