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Female Figurine

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Female figurines in terracotta and stone have been excavated from Neolithic Period Nubian graves at sites such as El Kadada, suggesting they functioned in the mortuary ritual and perhaps in the afterlife of the deceased. Abbreviated arms, full hips, and incised and painted markings that could indicate tattooing, body decoration, or clothing are characteristic of these figurines.
MEDIUM Terracotta, pigment
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 3500-3100 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Predynastic Period, Naqada II to Naqada III Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 1 9/16 in. (14 x 3.7 x 4 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1996.146.1
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Nubian. Female Figurine, ca. 3500-3100 B.C.E. Terracotta, pigment, 5 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 1 9/16 in. (14 x 3.7 x 4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer, 1996.146.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.146.1_profile_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE profile, 1996.146.1_profile_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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