Face from the Lid of a Sarcophagus
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The broad, flat character of this face indicates that it came from a sarcophagus. The fillet with lotus flowers is a symbol of light, life, and rebirth.
The work's dating is based on its style: the organic modeling, heavily lidded eyes, and full, sensuous lips turned up in a smile find their best parallels in art of late Dynasty XVIII and early Dynasty XIX.
ca. 1336-1250 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18 to early Dynasty 19
New Kingdom to Ramesside Period
18 × 17 × 5 in. (45.7 × 43.2 × 12.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
One face from an anthropoid sarcophagus, of sandstone (?), with traces of a beard and the headdress adorned with a headband and flower.
Condition: Stone is blackened; large chips in headdress brow and ears; other small chips here and there; dirt incrusted in ears.
Face from the Lid of a Sarcophagus, ca. 1336-1250 B.C.E. Sandstone, 18 × 17 × 5 in. (45.7 × 43.2 × 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 85.166. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 85.166_PS9.jpg)
overall, 85.166_PS9.jpg., 2019
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