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Wall Painting: Woman Holding a Sistrum
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Wall Painting: Woman Holding a Sistrum

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Description The woman in this fragmentary painting from a tomb wall has a wig of long, full hair, held in place by a flowered headband and topped with an ointment cone, a perfumed substance placed on wigs that gave off a fragrant aroma as it melted. A lotus blossom adorns the front of the headband. She holds a rattle called a sistrum, which women often played during temple ceremonies. What remains of the inscription suggests that she may have served with the temple staff of the god Amen.
Date Description Narrative
  • Musical Instruments and Their Portrayal in Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1946.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1909, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] In black paint on yellow: remains of 4 vertical lines of inscription; [Translation] ...(his) sister...the lady...of Amun
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909

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ca. 1250-1200 BCE (New Kingdom)
neutral gray, red, black, white, blue and yellow paint on plaster over mud
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 9 7/16 x W: 6 11/16 x D: 1 5/8 in. (24 x 17 x 4.2 cm)

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