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Figure of a Goddess of the Dancer Type

before 3400 BCE
Predynastic Period (ca. 5300-3000 BCE)
7 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 3/8 in. (19 x 11.5 x 6 cm)

Egyptian artist

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Terracotta, paint
Credit Line: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection
Accession Number: 1928.376
Location: Currently on view
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Collection: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection

The female figure was the most common subject of the clay figures of the Predynastic age. Simple and smooth, the primitive totemic figures were often reduced to lumps of clay with only the female features in detail. Many of these statuettes must have represented the fertility or mother-goddess. Others may have represented loved ones, servants, or dancing women who accompany the deceased to the next life.

[Gallery label text, 2004]

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:

"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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