Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
This flat, extremely elongated figure wears only a penis sheath. The arms, now mostly lost, originally extended down along the figure’s body. Inlays of another material once filled the vacant eyeholes.
ca. 3800-3650 B.C.E.
Predynastic Period, early Naqada I Period
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1910, acquired by Friedrich Wilhelm von Bissing; before 1934, acquired from von Bissing by the Scheurleer Museum, the Hauge, the Netherlands; 1935, purchased from the Scheurleer Museum by the Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth; 1935, purchased from the Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth by the Brooklyn Museum.
Free-standing elongated ivory figure of a man wearing a so-called Libyan sheath. Eyes circular and originally inlaid. Prominent ears, elongated face. Legs entirely in the round. Few details indicated on body. Arms, now missing, were very elongated, extending down well onto thighs.
Condition: Arms missing. Inlay of eyes missing. Back of head missing.
Male Statuette, ca. 3800-3650 B.C.E. Ivory, 11/16 x 7 1/16 in. (1.8 x 17.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1268. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 35.1268_front_PS6.jpg)
front, 35.1268_front_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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