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Standing Female Figure

8th Century BCE
3 3/4 x 13/16 x 3/8 in. (9.5 x 2.1 x 1 cm)

Unknown, Syrian
Syrian

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Ivory
Credit Line: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection
Accession Number: 1928.334
Location: Currently on view
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Collection: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection

Syria and Palestine (Canaan) were the crossroads of the ancient world. Local artists borrowed and adapted the cultural influences of traders and traveling craftsmen, and created a composite decorative art style of great individuality. This figure, which might represent the Canaanite goddess Astarte, has thick curly hair suggestive of the wigs worn by the Egyptians.

[Gallery label text, 1995]

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C. Herbert Ocumpaugh, Rochester, NY (1864-1929); his gift to the University and the Gallery in 1928

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Ocumpaugh property at 51-55 Main Street East Note from the Rochester Images project, direct url: http://photo.libraryweb.org/carlweb/jsp/DoSearch?databaseID=716&count=10&terms=19789&index=z

"The Ocumpaugh family was prominent in Rochester for many years. E. Ocumpaugh sold ready-made clothing from a shop at 71 Main Street in the 1840s. Later the "Ocumpaugh Building", occupied a space on the south side of the west end of the Main Street Bridge into which the "Y" moved in February 1876. In the mid-1920s, C. Herbert Ocumpaugh presented his collection of Egyptian and Eastern-Mediterranian antiquities to the Memorial Art Gallery."


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