Depicted on this ostracon is a female musician, wearing a broad collar and holding a musical instrument that is functionally close to a modern lute.
The woman is facing left. The upper left-hand corner of the ostracon is broken and only her neck and the lower part of her chin are preserved. Her left hand touches her left ear as if she is listening to something or someone else. This pose is common in tomb scenes. The grace and beauty of the musician were caught with a few deft strokes of a master’s brush.
New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1292-1189 BC. From Deir el-Medina. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 63805