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Head of Priest

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This man's shaven head indicates that he was shown in his capacity as a priest. The small size of the statue from which the head was broken was typical of many statues made during the later Middle Kingdom, when people dedicated such figures in their temples, believing that they could thus partake in the continual worship of the god and also share in the offerings that were made to the divine image.

MEDIUM Basalt (possibly)
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1759-1675 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY early Dynasty 13
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 1 9/16 × 1 1/8 in. (4 × 2.8 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 34.996
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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