Funerary Figure of a Woman
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This large figure of a woman was carved against a flat ground. Originally full-length, the figure may have been broken by the tomb robbers who left marks in the stone around the woman’s head while trying to remove her from the background. Her hairdo, clothing, and jewelry are entirely classical, as was then the fashion. The cup in her hand, meant to hold Nile River water, shows that she was a priestess of Isis, one of the few Egyptian deities whose cult lasted into this period.
Limestone, gesso, pigment
3rd-4th century C.E.
Late Antique Period
34 5/8 x 20 1/16 x 11 13/16 in. (88 x 51 x 30 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Coptic. Funerary Figure of a Woman, 3rd-4th century C.E. Limestone, gesso, pigment, 34 5/8 x 20 1/16 x 11 13/16 in. (88 x 51 x 30 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 70.132. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 70.132_PS1.jpg)
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