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Dwarf holding a jar

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Whereas monumental sculpture in Egypt was more or less restricted to a certain number of well-established types destined for tomb and temple, objects of daily life afforded more opportunity for invention. This exquisite cosmetic container is in the form of a dwarf balancing the weight of a huge...

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Said to have come from el-Amarna. By 1948: Maurice Nahman collection; 1948: purchased by the MFA from Dr. Jacob Hirsch, New York, for $850. (Accession Date: January 1, 1948)

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Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, 1349–1336 B.C.

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Height x width x depth: 5.9 x 1.8 x 2.6 cm (2 5/16 x 11/16 x 1 in.)

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The Ancient World