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Relief with Female Musicians

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

This relief appears to show a standing female servant pouring a libation or perfume to the first of several squatting female musicians, one playing a tambourine and the others clapping out a beat. The main text, perhaps part of a hymn being sung, mentions a goddess as a "uraeus cobra of gold." On the basis of Its style, the relief can probably be attributed to a late Ramesside tomb at Saqqara.

MEDIUM Limestone
DATES ca. 1185 B.C.E.-1070 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XX Dynasty (probably)
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 12 1/8 x 22 1/16 x 2 9/16 in. (30.8 x 56 x 6.5 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Relief with Female Musicians, ca. 1185 B.C.E.-1070 B.C.E. Limestone, 12 1/8 x 22 1/16 x 2 9/16 in. (30.8 x 56 x 6.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund , 68.150.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.68.150.1_wwg8.jpg)
IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.68.150.1_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Female musicians with frame drums.
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