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Head of a God

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
The tall White Crown of Upper Egypt flanked by two plumes is an attribute of Osiris, the god of the dead, who is probably represented here. The rare combination of the crown with this type of wig signified a special form of Osiris, worshipped in a chapel or shrine. At least one other figure was carved so close to the god’s right side that the vertical striations on that side of the wig were never completed.
MEDIUM Metamorphic stone
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 10 3/16 x 5 1/2 x 4 13/16 in. (25.9 x 14 x 12.2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Head of a God, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Metamorphic stone, 10 3/16 x 5 1/2 x 4 13/16 in. (25.9 x 14 x 12.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 67.14. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.67.14_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Greenish brown magnesite bust of a male deity with long striated hair and long plain beard wearing an upper Egyptian crown flanked by two feathers with incised lines set against a back slab. Face pleasing and youthful, ears plainly cut; plastic eyebrows and cosmetic lines; eye rims outlined; lips bordered; may come from a group. Condition: Left side and back of slab original, right side broken off and possible once adjoining a second figure. Top of crown and feathers missing; deep drill holes in left feather near top and at top of back slab - possibly modern. Break diagonally across chest; right shoulder missing. Tip of nose repainted.
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    Head of a God