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Fragmentary limestone head of a male figure, the majority of the body and base now lost.
The figure wears a long lappet-wig and a sleeved tunic with folds at each shoulder. His eyes are large with a heavy upper eyelid and faintly modelled eyebrows. The flesh underneath the eyes appears slightly sunken. The nose has been damaged but its broad outline remains, and the small mouth underneath features thick lips with the outer corners slightly upturned to suggest a small smile. There is a visible depression under the mouth suggesting a dent or dimple at the chin. On the reverse are the remains of the top of a back-pillar or more likely part of a seat. There appears to be no visible text inscribed.
The right side of the head and wig does not continue the same patterned hairstyle and appears to have been restored in modern times. In addition to the statue body being broken off from the chest area, the nose is now lost and there is damage to the face across both sides and at the left eye and forehead. There are a number of smaller scratches and chips across the stone surface.
Height: 20 centimetres (max)
Width: 17.50 centimetres (max)
Depth: 15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This bust has been dated to the 19th Dynasty in some publications (PM VIII; Russmann 2001), though the facial features and this style of wig was also particularly popular in the 18th Dynasty.
The provenance of this statue is uncertain. Though the figure is in a fragmentary state, the sloping of the remaining stone on the reverse could suggest that this was originally part of a seat for a pair or group statue.
D. Antoine, M. Vandenbeusch, 2016. Egyptian mummies. Exploring ancient lives (Sydney), p. 139.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2014-15 22 May to 19 April, London, British Museum, 'Ancient Lives, New Discoveries'
2016-2017 10 Oct-30 Apr, Sydney, Powerhouse Museum, Ancient Lives
2017 16 Jun-18 Oct, Hong Kong Science Museum, Ancient Lives
2017-2018 14 Nov-20 Feb, Taiwan, National Palace Museum, Ancient Lives
2018 16 Mar-22 Jul, Brisbane, Queensland Museum of Art, Ancient Lives
2019-2020 14 Sept- 28 Jun, Montreal, Museum of Fine Arts, Ancient Lives EXTENDED DUE TO COVID19
2020-2021, 19 Sept - 21 Mar, Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, Ancient Lives
- incomplete - lower body lost
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.2338 (Birch Slip Number)