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Fragmentary Head

In mid-Dynasty 12, artists experimented with new ways of representing the human face. Earlier sculptors depicted the eye by simply carving its outline onto the flat surface of the stone, as if drawing a hieroglyph on the face. Under Senwosret II, stone carvers began treating the eye three-dimensionally, showing the upper eyelid resting on the eyeball. This technique continued well into Dynasty 13, only to disappear with the rise of the New Kingdom.


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