Head of a King
The slight smile, the soft facial features, and the downward-pointing viper on the brow (where there would normally be a rearing cobra)of some of these images suggest that they represent one or more of the kings of the fourth century B.C.E. Whether sculptors' models or temple offerings (see case label), they illustrate the diversity contained in and the problems associated with this well-attested category of Egyptian art. For example, the busts appear to be temple offerings, but several of them have artists' working marks such as L-shaped depth guides (70.91.2) or a grid pattern (16.76).
- Medium: Plaster
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: 4th century B.C.E.
- Period: Late Period-Ptolemaic Period
- Dimensions: 4 15/16 x 4 15/16 in. (12.6 x 12.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 33.591
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Head of a King, 4th century B.C.E. Plaster, 4 15/16 x 4 15/16 in. (12.6 x 12.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 33.591. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (77%)