Head in Short Wig
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
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.
ca. 1938-1875 B.C.E.
early XII Dynasty
4 1/2 x 3 x 3 1/2 in. (11.4 x 7.6 x 8.9 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
overall, 77.6_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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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.
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