Plaque of a Royal Head
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The slight smile, the soft facial features, and the downward-pointing viper on the brow (where there would normally be a rearing cobra)of some of these images suggest that they represent one or more of the kings of the fourth century B.C.E. Whether sculptors' models or temple offerings (see case label), they illustrate the diversity contained in and the problems associated with this well-attested category of Egyptian art. For example, the busts appear to be temple offerings, but several of them have artists' working marks such as L-shaped depth guides (70.91.2) or a grid pattern (16.76).
4th century B.C.E.
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
4 5/16 x 3 3/4 x 13/16 in. (11 x 9.6 x 2 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Plaque of a Royal Head, 4th century B.C.E. Limestone, 4 5/16 x 3 3/4 x 13/16 in. (11 x 9.6 x 2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 70.91.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.70.91.2_wwg8.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.70.91.2_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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