Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Most people think of Egypt as a very warm country, but at night the desert air can be uncomfortably cold. This camp scene shows two men lying on either side of a roaring fire; they cover their bodies with thick blankets to protect against chills. The artist lets us see through the blankets as if they were transparent.
ca. 1352-1332 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
9 3/16 x 14 3/8 x 1 15/16 in. (23.3 x 36.5 x 5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented; probably from Tell el-Amarna, Egypt; by October 7, 1964, acquired by Ernst E. Kofler of Lucerne, Switzerland; 1964, purchased from Ernest E. Kofler by the Brooklyn Museum.
Whitish discolored limestone slab, with two reclining male figures in sunk relief, one above the other; between them an oblong object, with fire at left end. Vertical line on right. Original edge preserved above, left and bottom; right edge broken. Traces of red color on men's faces, oblong object and vertical cut.
Condition: Edges rough; nose of upper man chipped, whole surface discolored yellow brown.
Camp Scene, ca. 1352-1332 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 9 3/16 x 14 3/8 x 1 15/16 in. (23.3 x 36.5 x 5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 64.148.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.64.148.3_wwg7.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 7 installation, CUR.64.148.3_wwg7.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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