This delicate ivory gazelle stands on a wooden pedestal with inlaid decoration depicting plants that allude to its semi-desert habitat. The gazelle has its head erect and appears alert, as though sensing danger. Egyptian artists were keen observers of the world and produced many naturalistic images of the creatures around them. The gazelle's ears have broken off and the horns, made separately and probably of another material, are missing.
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Reign:reign of Amenhotep III
Date:ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
Medium:Ivory (elephant), wood, blue-pigment inlay
Dimensions:H. 11.6 × W. 9.7 × D. 5 cm (4 9/16 × 3 13/16 × 1 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Acquired by Lord Carnarvon (d. 1923) . Carnarvon Collection. Collection acquired by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon 1926.
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