Head and Bust of an Official in a Double Wig
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
During the nearly two hundred fifty years of Dynasty 18, fashions for men and women grew increasingly elaborate. One of the most popular masculine hairstyles during the reign of Amunhotep III was the “double wig” depicted on this head, consisting of long strands on top of sausage-like curls. The neckline of this statue’s shirt is still preserved.
ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.
4 1/2 x 4 9/16 x 3 3/4 in. (11.4 x 11.6 x 9.6 cm)
This item is not on view
Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
Dark red to black quartzite or granite head of a man with double wig, ears partly covered. Incised line around neck. Upper part of wig plain striations; lower part stylized echeloned curls in bold relief. Plastic eyebrows and upper eyelid rims; edge of lips outlined. Broken off exactly at level of top of back pillar.
Condition: Wig broken off on right side; nose mostly missing; chips here and there; chin slightly damaged; otherwise in sound condition. Upper lip damaged.
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