Relief of Mourners Before a Tomb
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Funerary Gallery 2, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Members of the wealthier ranks hired professional mourners for their funeral rituals. These could include both women and men. In addition to performing stylized motions, they may have also sung or made other sounds during the funeral. The mourners in this relief are in the courtyard in front of a tomb entrance, represented on the right. This relief comes from a tomb, where it guaranteed perpetual mourning for the deceased.
ca. 1295-1190 B.C.E.
16 9/16 x 12 3/16 x 2 3/8 in. (42 x 31 x 6 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Limestone slab, rectangular in shape, decorated with a sunk relief representation of three women mourning before a tomb. Only one of the women is completely preserved.
Condition: Left hand edge and upper right edge much chipped; other small chips. Paint missing; surface rubbed.
Relief of Mourners Before a Tomb, ca. 1295-1190 B.C.E. Limestone, 16 9/16 x 12 3/16 x 2 3/8 in. (42 x 31 x 6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1504E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1504E_PS2.jpg)
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