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Elephant figurine

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Figurine of reddish clay showing an elephant with a draped human figure, seated sideways on its saddle and holding a cornucopia or cudgel (thus possibly identifiable as Harpokrates). The heads of both the human and the elephant are missing. A firing hole is located on the elephant's stomach.

Provenance

From Thebes, Deir el-Bahari. Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund by the government of Egypt; given to the MFA by the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession Date: May 1, 1897)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Roman Imperial Period, 30 B.C.–A.D 364

Findspot

Deir el-Bahari, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width:11 x 8.5 cm (4 5/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

97.902

Medium or Technique

Pottery (terracotta); mold-made

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture