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.
ca. 1185 B.C.E.-1070 B.C.E.
XX Dynasty (probably)
12 1/8 x 22 1/16 x 2 9/16 in. (30.8 x 56 x 6.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
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installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.68.150.1_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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Limestone slab with sunk relief representation of the upper parts of three female figures facing right. They are wearing plant ornaments on their heads; the first receives a liquid from a figure bending forward of which the nose and forehead with lotus flower and both arms only are visible. Second figure plays a tambourine; third figure seems to clap hands, and one hand of a fourth figure is visible at the left. Remains of hieroglyphics caption with each figure; the whole surmounted by one line of text.
Condition: Fragmentary; three corners missing; chipped in many places, but a few traces of faint color are preserved. Modernly cut at top.
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