Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Little Cook (La Petite cuisinière) - Oil on Panel by French Artist Pierre-Édouard Frère 1858

Standing Wood Gilded Statue of Lady Tuty - Egypt ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.

Lady Tuty's statuette was discovered in a communal tomb at Medinet Gurob. The style of Tuty's sculpture is more traditional than a statue of Lady Mi also found at the tomb: the figure is slimmer and the fringed dress is depicted in a plainer, heavier fabric. Certain elements—such as the big gilded earrings and the faint traces of gilded sandals—associate her with the extraordinary wealth of Amunhotep's time. The cone on her head represents a type of perfumed ointment worn by wealthy Egyptians at banquets and other opulent occasions. The cone gradually melted, releasing its fragrance over the hair and clothes.


A Small statue of a Nude Girl - Egypt ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.

Her heavy wig alludes to the Egyptian practice of wearing an elaborate coiffure during sex. The gesture of placing the left hand beneath the breast also had a strong sexual connotation. Although this figure's original function is not clear, the loop on the top of the head implies that it was suspended from a cord.

The Shepherdess of Rolleboise - Oil on Canvas by American artist Daniel Ridgway Knight 1896

Kuba Dance Mask (Pwoom Itok) from Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa 19th Century

Snake Pendant - Gold Alloy, Africa 19th Century

Fragment of a Head - Yoruba sculpture, Africa Ca. 1100 - 1500 AD

Portrait of Deborah Hall by American Artist William Williams 1766

The Wilbour Plaque - Egypt ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. or slightly later

The Wilbour Plaque is named for the early American Egyptologist Charles Edwin Wilbour (1833–1896), who acquired it in Egypt in 1881. It was intended as a sculptor's model, to be studied and imitated by students and beginning artists.