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Jar Lid with Human Face

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor

The absence of any trace of shoulders indicates that this limestone head was never part of a complete sculpture. It probably served as the lid of a canopic jar, a vessel containing a corpse's vital organs that were removed during mummification. The artist who carved this face followed the dominant style of mid-Dynasty 12, including full, fleshy cheeks, wide open eyes with a high, arcing upper lid, and an overall sense of serenity.

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1876-1837 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY middle XII Dynasty
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 4 x 4 7/16 x 4 1/16 in. (10.2 x 11.2 x 10.3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Christos G. Bastis and Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Jar Lid with Human Face, ca. 1876-1837 B.C.E. Limestone, 4 x 4 7/16 x 4 1/16 in. (10.2 x 11.2 x 10.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Christos G. Bastis and Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 87.78. Creative Commons-BY
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