Beard from a Statue of a God
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The Egyptian nobility usually shaved their faces during life on earth, although mustaches and square beards occasionally enjoyed popularity. It was only in the sphere of the divine that long, tightly braided beards with an upturned end were worn. Many male gods, such as Osiris, the god of the underworld, are portrayed with this beard. Accordingly, images of the deceased, who became associated with Osiris after being accepted into the afterlife, often include the plaited and curved beard. The dark-blue glass inlays on this beard represent lapis lazuli, because divine hair, beards, eyebrows, and eyelashes were said to be of this semiprecious stone.
Bronze, glass, faience paste
XXVI Dynasty or later
Late Period to Greco-Roman Period
7/8 x 9/16 x 3 1/16 in. (2.2 x 1.5 x 7.7 cm) (show scale)
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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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Beard from a Statue of a God, 664-30 B.C. Bronze, glass, faience paste, 7/8 x 9/16 x 3 1/16 in. (2.2 x 1.5 x 7.7 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, 16.241. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 16.241_left_PS2.jpg)
left, 16.241_left_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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Bronze beard from a statue of a god. Front surface inlaid with dark blue glass strips. Tip of beard has six grooves for vertical inlays. Cast hollow and made as separate piece.
Condition: Over half of the inlays are missing.
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