Trial Piece with Two Heads
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Excavators of Amarna uncovered several sculptors’ studios containing large numbers of unfinished sculptures and reliefs. Among these were fine models carved by master sculptors as well as trial pieces by younger artisans. The block displayed here is a sculptor’s study, showing two male heads and a clenched fist, in varying degrees of completion.
This relief was discovered by Flinders Petrie at Amarna and subsequently belonged to Lord Amherst, who sponsored Petrie’s excavations.
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
9 3/8 × 9 5/16 × 2 1/2 in. (23.8 × 23.6 × 6.4 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Sculptor’s school, Tell el Amarna, Egypt; 1891-92, excavated by W. M. Flinders Petrie; circa 1892, transferred from W. M. Flinders Petrie to William Thyssen-Amherst of London, United Kingdom; June 13-17, 1921, purchased at Sotheby’s London, “The Amherst Collection of Egyptian and Oriental Antiquities”, lot 848, by Kalebdjian Frères of Cairo, Egypt and Paris, France; until at least 1928, collection of Kalebdjian Frères; between 1928 and 1933, provenance not yet documented; before 1933, acquired by Spink and Son, London, United Kingdom; 1933, purchased from Spink and Son by the Brooklyn Museum.
Limestone trial piece. On one large face, two incomplete incised male heads with wigs, the latter undecorated. Above the left hand, a clenched hand, profile view. The heads are more or less unfinished. The stone is wedge-shaped, tapering towards top.
Condition: Good. Lower right corner missing. Scattered chips.
Trial Piece with Two Heads, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, 9 3/8 × 9 5/16 × 2 1/2 in. (23.8 × 23.6 × 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 33.61. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 33.61.jpg)
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