Bound Oryx Dish
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This work represents an Egyptian antelope, now extinct, called the scimitar oryx. The Egyptians attempted to domesticate this species during the Old Kingdom and to use it as a food source for gods and humans. Typically it is shown bound, because it was considered an enemy of Osiris.
This dish was used both to offer actual food to the deceased and, symbolically, to represent triumph over adverse forces.
4 3/16 x 1 3/4 x 9 in. (10.6 x 4.4 x 22.9 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Bound Oryx Dish, ca.1390-1352 B.C.E. Wood, 4 3/16 x 1 3/4 x 9 in. (10.6 x 4.4 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.54. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 49.54_view2_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
overall, bowl exterior, 49.54_view2_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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Wooden toilet dish in the form of a bound oryx. Feet folded under body bound with four thongs. Head in the round with horns connected at their ends to body. Tail curved against body. One side of body hollowed in roughly oval shape to serve as container.
Condition: Slight restoration in gesso near feet. One section of horn restored. Horns had warped slightly.
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