Head in Short Wig
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: Limestone
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1938-1875 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: early XII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 4 1/2 x 3 x 3 1/2 in. (11.4 x 7.6 x 8.9 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 77.6
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Head in Short Wig, ca. 1938-1875 B.C.E. Limestone, 4 1/2 x 3 x 3 1/2 in. (11.4 x 7.6 x 8.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 77.6. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: One limestone head of a male figure wearing a short curled wig which leaves the ears exposed. Plastic eyebrows and cosmetic lines around the eyes. Condition: Slightly traces of orangish pigment on the skin area; preserved from the neck up; there are large chips out of the top of the wig and the nose; the face is scratched in several places.
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)