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Object Number:B9220
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
Currently On Display
Culture:Parthian (uncertain)
Provenience: Iraq
Period: Parthian Period (uncertain)
Section:Near Eastern
Iconography:Nude Woman
Height: 45.72 cm
Length: 211 cm
Width: 59 cm
Credit Line:Babylonian Expedition to Nippur III, 1896
Other Number:PBS XVI: 72 - Other Number


CBS Register: Blue enameled terra cotta coffin, slipper shaped 4 naked women in 4 panels (formed by rope ornaments) adorn its upper surface, restored by Mr. Witte PBS XVI: figures in relief on a slipper coffin. Nude woman covering her breast with her right hand and protecting her sex with her left. This new attitude is probably imitated from the Greek Venus. The legs are close together, the disheveled hair falls over the shoulders. This type is a common decoration on many slipper coffins of the Parthian time. The connection of the nude figure with funerary rites is remarkable. Other clay coffins from Warka have instead of the nude woman, a warrior reclining on a couch and holding a cup as usual in funeral banquets. The present coffin has four nude figures in four compartments divided by rope patterns. Are the panels so many beds? Is there any symbolical relation between the nude figure and the deceased?

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Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands (26 Sep 2010 - 26 Jul 2011) View Objects in Exhibition
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[Book] Legrain, Leon. 1930. Terra-Cottas from Nippur.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Press. ed. Publications of the Babylonian Section. Vol. XVI. pg. 1-52, 445 plates Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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