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Head of Youth

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
Made by a Greek sculptor in the Egyptian capital of Alexandria, this head reveals characteristics of both Greek and Egyptian art. It has "macaroni-curl" Greek hair and was created in marble, a material favored by Greek artists. The eyes, however, are shaped like those of Egyptian-style works.

All the sculptures in this case are roughly contemporary, demonstrating the use of both Egyptian and Greek styles in second-century Alexandria.
MEDIUM Marble
  • Possible Place Collected: Alexandria, Egypt
  • DATES 2nd century B.C.E. (possibly)
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS Height: 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 63.184
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Head of Youth, 2nd century B.C.E. (possibly). Marble, Height: 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 63.184. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE installation, CUR.63.184_wwg8_2014.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Marble head of a youth, idealizing style, suggestive of work of Lysippus. Hair arranged in conventionalized curls. Frontal short mouth. Preserved to base of neck. Fine work. Condition: Chin chipped. One area of hair (at back) chipped.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (81%)
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