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Egyptian Granite Head of a Man - X.0368
Origin: Egypt
Circa: 1550 BC to 1070 BC
Dimensions: 5.25" (13.3cm) high x 5" (12.7cm) wide x 5.25" (13.3cm) depth
Collection: Egyptian Antiquities
Medium: Granite


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: Great Britain
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This marvelous Egyptian black stone head dates from the Golden Age of the New Kingdom. Originally, the bust would have been attached to a larger, complete body; although this has been lost to us. What does survive, however, is a gorgeous rendering of an idealized smiling, youthful man. He wears a wig of long, wavy hair that indicates his elite status. Such wig wear made from actual human hair, although less expensive examples made from sheep or goat hair also existed. However, considering that this man (or his family) was wealthy enough to commission this lovely memorial sculpture, it is likely that he would have been able to afford a wig made of human hair. The facial features of the man are highly stylized, typical of Egyptian art. His eyes are wide open and he smiles sweetly, as if greeting the gods in the great beyond. Such a work originally may have been entered alongside the deceased in order to welcome him into the afterlife. It is also possible that it may have decorated a temple of royal palace. The New Kingdom was a veritable Renaissance of Egyptian culture during which some of the most famous monuments of this ancient civilization were created. This magnificent stone bust symbolizes the beauty and refinement of Egyptian art as a whole. - (X.0368)

 

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