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Head and Bust of a Man

The artistic program of the Kushite kings of Dynasty XXV led to the appearance of private sculptures with facial features decidedly more realistic than their idealistic counterparts of the preceding period. This turn to realism was a conscious evocation of the styles of much earlier periods. The pronounced collarbone, high cheekbones, and somewhat foreign physiognomy of this sculpture underscore the realism of late Dynasty XXV and early Dynasty XXVI.

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