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Face from the Lid of a Sarcophagus

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 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.

MEDIUM Sandstone
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1336-1250 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XVII DynastyI-early XIX Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom-Ramesside Period
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Face from the Lid of a Sarcophagus, ca. 1336-1250 B.C.E. Sandstone Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 85.166. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.85.166_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    Face from the Lid of a Sarcophagus