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.
ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E.
5 7/16 × 4 7/16 × 4 11/16 in. (13.8 × 11.3 × 11.9 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
Painted limestone head of a man wearing curled wig, ears not indicated. Fine quality conventionalized face painted orange-red. Remains of black paint on wig. Eyes originally inlaid. Preserved to base of neck.
Condition: Poor. In gouging out the eyes all adjacent areas were badly damaged.
Head from a Tomb Statue of a Man, ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 5 7/16 × 4 7/16 × 4 11/16 in. (13.8 × 11.3 × 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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