Fragment of funerary relief

Late Period, Dynasty 30
381–343 B.C.


Height x width: 33.02 x 14.6 cm (13 x 5 3/4 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This tomb relief fragment depicts a standing woman leaning her forearms against the wall of a tomb or shrine. She holds two curved objects, extending from her hands to her head, which may represent stylized strands of hair that she is tearing in a gesture of mourning. The thick body, heavy thighs and bulging abdomen are characteristic of Late Period relief sculpture.


By 1928: Munich private collection (W. Spiegelberg, Muenchner Jahrbuch der Bildenden Kunst N.F. 6 [1929]: 102-105); 1946: exhibited at Zanesville Art Institute; 1947: exhibited in United Nations Exhibition, Denver; prior to 1976: Marcel Bing collection, Paris; by 1976: New York private collection; May 8, 1976: New york sale, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, May 8, 1976, no. 48, sold to MFA..

Credit Line

Egyptian Curator's Fund