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Face from an Anthropoid Coffin

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

This face from a coffin is treated in a manner called "hieroglyphic." Its features are like individual hieroglyphs and are not totally integrated into the face by means of organic modeling.

The piece is dated to Dynasty XXI and attributed to Thebes because it resembles very closely many faces on coffins of that time and place. The face's shape and features reflect the revival of the artistic style of the earlier part of Dynasty XVIII (circa 1539–1390 B.C.) or early Dynasty XIX (circa 1295–1250 B.C.), some of whose art was influenced by the art of early Dynasty XVIII.

MEDIUM Wood, gesso, pigment
  • Possible Place Collected: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1070-945 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXII Dynasty
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 8 7/16 x 8 1/16 x 4 5/16 in. (21.5 x 20.5 x 11 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.2037E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Face from an Anthropoid Coffin, ca. 1070-945 B.C.E. Wood, gesso, pigment, 8 7/16 x 8 1/16 x 4 5/16 in. (21.5 x 20.5 x 11 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.2037E. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.37.2037E_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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