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Male Portrait Head

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

CULTURE Graeco-Egyptian
MEDIUM Terracotta
  • Place Collected: Egypt
  • DATES 3rd-2nd century B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period or Roman Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 1/16 x 1 9/16 in. (5.2 x 3.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 16.234
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
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    CAPTION Graeco-Egyptian. Male Portrait Head, 3rd-2nd century B.C.E. Terracotta, 2 1/16 x 1 9/16 in. (5.2 x 3.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.234. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE front, CUR.16.234_NegC_print_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small terracotta male portrait head, apparently of a foreigner. Conventionalized curly hair with filet running round crown of head. Heavy beard and moustache. Head cast solid in a two part mould and details reworked after removal from mould. General style suggests a Late Hellenistic date and is suggestive of the work done in Asia Minor. Condition: General condition good. Nose badly chipped. Hole in back of head due to defective moulding.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (72%)
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    Male Portrait Head