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Gazelle

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Amenhotep III
Date:
ca. 1390–1353 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Elephant Ivory, wood, blue-pigment inlay
Dimensions:
H. 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in); w. 10 cm (3 15/16 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1292
  • Description

    This delicate ivory gazelle stands on a wooden pedestal with inlaid decoration depicting plants that allude to its semi-desert habitat. The gazelle has its head erect and appears alert, as though sensing danger. Egyptian artists were keen observers of the world and produced many naturalistic images of the creatures around them. The gazelle's ears have broken off and the horns, made separately and probably of another material, are missing.

  • Provenance

    Fornerly Carnarvon Collection (acquired before 1923). Purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art from Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, 1926.

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