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Head of a Queen

The Egyptians associated the vulture with several important goddesses. This sculpture depicts a so-called vulture cap: the bird's oval body sits at the top of the wearer's head and its outspread wings sweep down beside the face. The vulture's tail is indicated in back, but its head has been replaced by a royal uraeus-cobra over the forehead. A queen would have worn such a head dress on top of a voluminous wig.

The head shows some of the Middle Kingdom influence that is so pronounced in early Eighteenth Dynasty art under Ahmose and Amunhotep I. Other details—such as the shapes of the eyes and eyebrows, for example—indicate that the head was carved later, to represent either the wife of King Thutmose III or his mother, Queen Isis.

  • Medium: Quartzite
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • Dates: ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E.
  • Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
  • Period: New Kingdom
  • Dimensions: 10 13/16 x 12 3/16 x 10 3/16 in. (27.5 x 31 x 25.8 cm)  (show scale)
  • Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
  • Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
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  • Accession Number: 65.134.3
  • Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
  • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
  • Caption: Head of a Queen, ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E. Quartzite, 10 13/16 x 12 3/16 x 10 3/16 in. (27.5 x 31 x 25.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 65.134.3. Creative Commons-BY
  • Image: overall, CUR.65.134.3_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 10/21/2010
  • Catalogue Description: Brown quartzite head of a queen with vulture cap covering striated headdress, traces of uraeus above forehead. Well modeled ears, with trapezoid tabs in front. Plastic eyebrows and cosmetic lines in low relief; rounded eyeballs, upper eyelid rim outlined; small pursed mouth; lips' edge defined by sharp ridge. Condition: Fragmentary, but sound; nose, center of mouth, and chin missing; the same holes true for the uraeus. Broken off at neck just below chin level, a little higher in back; no trace of back pillar. Chips and blemishes here and there; curious signs of wear in center of back of wig near break.
  • Record Completeness: Best (82%)
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