Recarved Plant Scroll with Snakes and Bird Heads
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
These four reliefs show some of the characteristic features of Late Antique Egyptian sculpture and the ways in which some examples were reworked in modern times. The carving of the panel showing a lion attacking an antelope appears to be ancient, although the surface has certainly been cleaned of any traces of paint. The same appears to be true of the scroll design enclosing birds and grapes. The other two scroll designs, however, must have been damaged in antiquity. They have been “restored” in the twentieth century: one with a clumsily posed human figure and an unconvincing lion’s head, the other with a pair of snakes and bird heads. Snakes and partial representations of animals very seldom appeared in Late Antique Egyptian sculpture. However, such “renewals” as these may have given more adventurous carvers the idea of creating the entirely new sculptures seen elsewhere in this exhibition.
Ancient, recut in the 20th century C.E.
Late Egyptian Antique Period and Modern
10 1/16 x 20 1/16 x 4 1/4 in. (25.5 x 51 x 10.8 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Coptic. Recarved Plant Scroll with Snakes and Bird Heads, Ancient, recut in the 20th century C.E. Limestone, 10 1/16 x 20 1/16 x 4 1/4 in. (25.5 x 51 x 10.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 68.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 68.3_PS1.jpg)
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