Woman with a Long Wig
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Ancestral busts were kept in the home, perhaps used in rituals that helped maintain the deceased in the afterlife or allowed the living and dead to communicate. Both of these busts were made about the same time and demonstrate how even a cheaper pottery example could be exquisitely made and decorated, though clearly a painted limestone bust would have been more expensive to commission.
ca. 1336-1279 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18 to early Dynasty 19
10 1/4 x 6 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (26 x 15.6 x 9.5 cm)
This item is not on view
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Painted limestone bust of a woman of “ancestral bust” type. Details of eyes probably were painted, ears pierced; lappet wig with traces of blue paint, surmounted by “modius” painted red. Remains of large painted necklace which covered most of body area, with red tie-string on reverse.
Condition: Paint largely lost. Rear of wig broken. Minor chips.
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