Figurine of a Steatopygous Female
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
During the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period, sculptors occasionally depicted the female form in a highly schematic manner: flat heads, prominent buttocks, small breasts, slim waists, and eyes and eyebrows that appear as slits. Their style differs from standard Egyptian artistic conventions, indicating that these figures may have been Nubian imports or objects made by or for the poor.
ca. 1630-1539 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 13 to Dynasty 17
Hyksos Period-Second Intermediate Period
4 3/4 x 1 7/16 x 9/16 in. (12 x 3.7 x 1.5 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Figurine of a Steatopygous Female, ca. 1630-1539 B.C.E. Terracotta, 4 3/4 x 1 7/16 x 9/16 in. (12 x 3.7 x 1.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 77.49. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 77.49_PS2.jpg)
overall, 77.49_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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One terracotta figurine of a steatopygous woman with "hammer-head", pierced to receive non-extant hair. Dot holes in groups represent tatooing.
Condition: Excellent; Only the feet from the ankles down are missing.
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