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Fragmentary Head

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This head was carved in black granite, one of the more costly stones available to the non-royal elite for their statues. Yet this individual, living in the Middle Kingdom, wears a very simple hairstyle.
MEDIUM Granite
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1759–1675 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY early Dynasty 13
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 x 3 7/8 in. (13.7 x 10.5 x 9.8 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Frederic B. Pratt
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1937, acquired by Caroline Ames Ladd Pratt (Mrs. Frederic Bayley Pratt) of Brooklyn, NY; 1937, gift of Caroline Ames Ladd Pratt to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Black granite head of a man from a small votive statue. He wears a conventional headdress with horizontal stripes. The face is rather lean with high cheek bones and pointed chin. The lips are sharp and full. There is no inscription. Condition: Most of the back of the head is missing; the nose, chin and left eye are chipped. There are a few minor chips on the surface. The head is broken off sharply at the upper part of the neck.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Fragmentary Head, ca. 1759–1675 B.C.E. Granite, 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 x 3 7/8 in. (13.7 x 10.5 x 9.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Frederic B. Pratt, 37.394. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.394_front_edited_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 37.394_front_edited_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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