<em>Figure of a Monkey Playing a Harp</em>, ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 2 13/16 × 1/2 × 1 11/16 in. (7.2 × 1.3 × 4.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.82. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.16.82_view01.jpg)

Figure of a Monkey Playing a Harp

Medium: Limestone, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 2 13/16 × 1/2 × 1 11/16 in. (7.2 × 1.3 × 4.3 cm)


Accession Number: 16.82

Image: CUR.16.82_view01.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Small limestone figure of a monkey playing a harp. He is squatting on the ground with a harp directly in front of him, a position frequently found in Theban tomb paintings of which this may well be a caricature. The strings of the harp were indicated in orange-red as was the flesh of the monkey with other details in black. Extensive traces of color still remain. Condition: Surface worn.

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