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Plaque with a Dancing Dwarf with Large Phallus
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Plaque with a Dancing Dwarf with Large Phallus


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Description Dwarfs played an important role in Egyptian society. Dwarfism-a genetic condition characterized by unusually short stature and shortened limbs-is frequently represented in Egyptian tomb reliefs and statues, and the remains of dwarfs have been found in tombs associated with the royal cemeteries. Dwarfs held important positions in the administration of the ancient Egyptian government, and they also worked as jewelers, performed in special rituals (in which they were called "god's dancers"), or served as midwives. Some were believed, because of their unusual appearance, to have supernatural powers and a special relation to the gods. The dancing posture and the oversized phallus of this dwarf-figure should secure virility and male potency for the owner in this life as well as the afterlife.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
7/23/1959Treatmentcleaned
7/30/1998Examinationexamined for condition
10/10/2006Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance Abemayor, Cairo [date and mode of acquistion unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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Period
1st century BCE-1st century CE (Late Ptolemaic-early Roman)
Medium
Egyptian faience with blue glaze
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.1651
Measurements
H: 1 11/16 x W: 11/16 x D: 7/16 in. (4.21 x 1.76 x 1.15 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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