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Head in Short Wig

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Egyptologists rely on stylistic analysis to assign a date to an object lacking both an inscription and an archaeological provenance, or place of origin. Two details—the horizontal form of the eyebrows and the short, curled wig exposing part of the ears—indicate that this head was carved during one of the first two reigns of the Twelfth Dynasty.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1938–1875 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY early Dynasty 12
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 4 1/2 x 3 x 3 1/2 in. (11.4 x 7.6 x 8.9 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1942, provenance not yet documented; before 1942, acquired by Esther Slater Kerrigan; January 10, 1942, purchased at Sotheby's, New York, NY, "Collection of Esther Slater Kerrigan," lot 385, by the Brummer Galleries (N5280); November 16-17, 1964, sold at Sotheby's, New York, "Ernest Brummer Collection of Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities and Works of Art" lot 86; between 1964 and 1976, provenance not yet documented; by 1976, acquired by Uraeus Galerie, Paris, France; 1977, purchased from Uraeus Galerie by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One limestone head of a male figure wearing a short curled wig which leaves the ears exposed. Plastic eyebrows and cosmetic lines around the eyes. Condition: Slightly traces of orangish pigment on the skin area; preserved from the neck up; there are large chips out of the top of the wig and the nose; the face is scratched in several places.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Head in Short Wig, ca. 1938–1875 B.C.E. Limestone, 4 1/2 x 3 x 3 1/2 in. (11.4 x 7.6 x 8.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 77.6. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 77.6_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 77.6_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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