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Figure of the Goddess Nephthys

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Wood, pigment
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 664–30 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 16 × 7 × 11 1/2 in. (40.6 × 17.8 × 29.2 cm) mount: 16 × 11 1/2 × 5 1/4 in. (40.6 × 29.2 × 13.3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by March 1911, acquired by Nicholas Tano of Cairo, Egypt or Mohasieh of Luxor, Egypt; March 1911, purchased in Egypt from Nicholas Tano or Mohasieh of Luxor by Robert Blackburne Woodward for the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Painted wooden figure of the goddess Nephthys on a high oblong plinth. Left arm rests on thigh, right arm held aloft in front of face. Blue wig, high yellow headdress, green garment bound under breasts which are exposed. Condition: Fair, paint in fragile condition is flaking in some places. Base chipped and broken in parts, back of base weather-stained; very good workmanship. Exposed flesh area on torso perhaps repainted. White areas on top of base all repainted.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Figure of the Goddess Nephthys, ca. 664–30 B.C.E. Wood, pigment, 16 × 7 × 11 1/2 in. (40.6 × 17.8 × 29.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 11.681. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 11.681_overall_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 11.681_overall_PS9.jpg., 2018
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