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Head of a Queen or Goddess

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Great Hall, Southwest, 1st floor
MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Africa
  • DATES probably 1st century B.C.E.
    PERIOD late Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 3/8 x 2 3/16 x 2 1/2 in. (8.6 x 5.5 x 6.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, Southwest, 1st floor
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 58.1
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Head of a Queen or Goddess, probably 1st century B.C.E. Faience, 3 3/8 x 2 3/16 x 2 1/2 in. (8.6 x 5.5 x 6.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 58.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 58.1_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 58.1_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Female head in glassy faience, originally blue-green, now pale green, preserved to base of neck. Head tilted to left, face of a pensive type with open mouth. Hair parted in center and dressed in corkscrew curls falling down over shoulders and on back. Wide flat diadem (?) or band on head. Remains of a square base (? support of an attribute) on top of head. A queen or goddess-possibly Isis. Condition: Glaze worn. Nose chipped. Attribute from top of head lost. Curls chipped as are chin and front of neck. Apparently was part of complete statuette.
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