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Cosmetic Dish in the Shape of a Trussed Duck

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
This delicately carved duck, bound and plucked as if for a food offering or an extravagant meal, functioned as a container for a cosmetic. The oval depression in the surface of the dish was originally covered with a separately carved lid in the shape of the duck’s body.
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539–1292 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18 (probably)
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 1 3/4 x 9/16 x 4 3/16 in. (4.5 x 1.5 x 10.7 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden toilet dish in the form of a trussed duck or goose. Feet and wings in relief on the underside: head and neck are openwork and modeled on both top and bottom. Oval depression on upper surface. Condition: Small chip on inner edge of recess; small chips on duck’s bill.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Cosmetic Dish in the Shape of a Trussed Duck, ca. 1539–1292 B.C.E. Wood, 1 3/4 x 9/16 x 4 3/16 in. (4.5 x 1.5 x 10.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.610E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.610E_front_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 37.610E_front_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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