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Head from a Tomb Statue of a Man

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
A tomb statue provided an eternal image for the deceased’s spirit to inhabit, in order to receive the offerings needed in the afterlife. Ancient tomb robbers roughly gouged out the valuable inlaid eyes of copper and stone that would have given this statue a lifelike appearance.
MEDIUM Limestone, painted
  • Place Made: Africa
  • DATES ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY V Dynasty
    PERIOD Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 5 7/16 x 4 7/16 x 4 11/16 in. (13.8 x 11.3 x 11.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 86.226.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Head from a Tomb Statue of a Man, ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 5 7/16 x 4 7/16 x 4 11/16 in. (13.8 x 11.3 x 11.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.226.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.86.226.1_view1_erg456.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.86.226.1_view1_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/20/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The eyes, which had been inlaid, have been gouged out, seriously damaging the face.
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     <em>Head from a Tomb Statue of a Man</em>, ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 5 7/16 x 4 7/16 x 4 11/16 in. (13.8 x 11.3 x 11.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.226.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.86.226.1_view1_erg456.jpg)

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