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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.
MEDIUM Limestone, traces of gesso and paint
  • Place Found: Oxyrhynchos, Egypt
  • DATES 3rd - 4th century C.E.
    PERIOD Late Antique Egyptian Period
    DIMENSIONS 34 5/8 x 20 1/16 x 11 13/16 in. (88 x 51 x 30 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Funerary Figure of a Woman, 3rd - 4th century C.E. Limestone, traces of gesso and paint, 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
    IMAGE detail, CUR.70.132_detail06_ICA.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (in collaboration with Index of Christian Art, Princeton University), 2007
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