Head of a Nobleman
These two heads from ka-statues (the tomb statue that received food and drink offerings) demonstrate the different properties of granite and limestone. Granite is harder than limestone, so it takes a higher polish and allows the artist to carve finer detail. Though both statues gave the deceased’s ka a place to receive offerings, the granite would have been the more desirable statue.
This text refers to these objects: ' 67.5.1; 77.6
- Medium: Granite
- Possible Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 2650-2600 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late III Dynasty-early IV Dynasty
- Period: Old Kingdom
- Dimensions: 6 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 6 in. (17.1 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 67.5.1
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Head of a Nobleman, ca. 2650-2600 B.C.E. Granite, 6 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 6 in. (17.1 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 67.5.1. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Red granite head and part of right shoulder of male statue with short echeloned wig; practically neckless. Nose damaged; full face; sharp eyebrows; upper eyelid rim plastic. No trace of back pillar although upper portion of back is preserved below wig. Condition: Good, except that nose is partly lost, and mouth is slightly chipped. Top of head is worn.
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)