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Head and Bust of Woman Wearing Elaborate Headdress

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Granite
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 14 3/4 x 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (37.5 x 26 x 19 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Head and Bust of Woman Wearing Elaborate Headdress. Granite, 14 3/4 x 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (37.5 x 26 x 19 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.32E. Creative Commons-BY
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fragment of a black granite statue of a woman. The figure is partially preserved from a short distance above the waist up. The woman wears a heavy lappet wig which has a depression running from front to rear in its center but which is not quite parted. The wig is a double wig with a series of heavy locks overlapping another layer of hair. The face is done in a rather sketchy manner. The eyebrows are treated naturalistically. They are fairly straight but dip slightly at the root of the nose. The eyes are somewhat "Amarna"-like being long and having no indication of a lower lid or pupil. The nose is straight at the top; the lower part is damaged. The lips are full and straight. They are indented at the corners. The chin is squarish. There are no furrows on the face. The neck is rather flat and forms a sharp join with the body. The breasts are fairly full. The arms appear to extend outwards and downwards; they are connected to the body by stone. On the right side of the torso, just below the breast, are five vertical bands which represent the fringe of a garment. Condition: The piece is much damaged.
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