Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
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.
ca. 3500-3100 B.C.E.
Predynastic Period, Naqada II to Naqada III Period
5 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 1 9/16 in. (14 x 3.7 x 4 cm) (show scale)
Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer
Archaeological provenance not documented; by 1977, acquired by Bruce McAlpine of London, United Kingdom; December 1, 1977, purchased from Bruce McAlpine by Carl Louis Selden and Florence Barstock Selden (Mrs. Carl L. Selden); 1977, loaned by Carl Louis Selden and Florence Barstock Selden to the Brooklyn Museum; 1996, bequest of Florence Barstock Selden to the Brooklyn Museum.
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)
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