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Head of a Woman Wearing an Elaborate Wig

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Limestone, pigment
  • Place Made: Africa
  • DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty - XIX Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 7 1/4 in. (17.1 x 12.1 x 18.4 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.256E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Head of a Woman Wearing an Elaborate Wig. Limestone, pigment, 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 7 1/4 in. (17.1 x 12.1 x 18.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.256E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.256E_NegB_SL4.jpg)
    IMAGE front, unedited master file, 37.256E_NegB_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Painted limestone female head wearing an elaborate wig and a floral headband. The band has green painted leaves on a red ground. Starting from the top of this band, and running back over the middle of the head, is a broad band. This band is decorated with a line down the middle, and a series of parallel lines perpendicular to the median line. The individual locks of hair are given by curly incised lines. The painted eyebrows dip in the center; the eyes are long and not widely opened. The mouth is broad. There are traces of black paint in the wig. The face is brown; the lips are red. There are traces of black paint on the brows, eye lids and pupils; traces of white paint on eyes. Condition: Nose, and most of rear of wig missing. Front left side of wig missing; small chips on rest of figure.
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