Roundel with Human Head
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
All three of these objects display the unrealistic hairdos and overlarge, staring eyes found on many forgeries of Late Antique Egyptian sculpture. Each also has other unconvincing details not typical of the period. The head on the roundel wears a necklace of unknown type and appears to emerge from some sort of egg. The arch is much too small to be a true tomb arch of the type seen elsewhere in this exhibition. The unidentifiable figure in its center is overshadowed by a welter of unrelated animals and decorative motifs. The male figure, unlike a true funerary representation, turns away from the viewer. His garment has no historical parallels, and the object in his hand is unrecognizable.
Nummulitic limestone, traces of red paint
20th century (probably)
3 15/16 x Diam. 15 3/16 in. (10 x 38.5 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Gift of Louis Beck and Jerome M. Eisenberg
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Roundel with Human Head, 20th century (probably). Nummulitic limestone, traces of red paint, 3 15/16 x Diam. 15 3/16 in. (10 x 38.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Louis Beck and Jerome M. Eisenberg, 60.212. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 60.212_PS2.jpg)
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