Statuette of a Female Acrobat
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Funerary Gallery 3, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
By placing a sculpture of an acrobat in his tomb, Sa-Inher declared that he had sufficient wealth to enjoy such diversions throughout eternity. This acrobat is portrayed performing a backbend. The figure’s head was missing when the tomb was excavated; most likely it was broken by grave robbers. The red lines on the woman’s body represent a network of beads or body paint.
ca. 1938-1630 B.C.E.
Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty 13
4 × 2 × 7 in. (10.2 × 5.1 × 17.8 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
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Statuette of a Female Acrobat, ca. 1938-1630 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 4 × 2 × 7 in. (10.2 × 5.1 × 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 13.1024. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.13.1024_NegD_print_bw.jpg)
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Limestone statuette, in the round, of nude female dancer performing a funerary dance (the Khetebt). Body bent backward. Face up, with hair touching base, body supported by arms which rest on oblong uninscribed base. Traces of red paint on body.
Condition: Entire head missing from top of neck to lower part of hair. Body has been assembled and there are minor chips on arms. Red lines on body apparently indicate a bead network. Traces of black paint at base of hair indicate that it was painted black.
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