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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.
MEDIUM Nummulitic limestone, traces of red paint
  • Reportedly From: Sheikh Ibada
  • DATES 20th century (probably)
    PERIOD Modern
    DIMENSIONS 3 15/16 x Diam. 15 3/16 in. (10 x 38.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 60.212
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Louis Beck and Jerome M. Eisenberg
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE overall, 60.212_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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     <em>Roundel with Human Head</em>, 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)