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Inlay Profile Head

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Composite sculpture, or sculpture that combines separately carved elements of different materials, became particularly popular during the Amarna Period. The face in profile was once embellished with the eye and eyebrow inlays made of glass or semiprecious stones. The crown as well as the rest of the body would have been carved from other stones.
MEDIUM Red quartzite, pigment
  • Place Excavated: Tell el-Amarna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1353–1336 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 5/8 x 4 7/16 x 1 11/16 in. (11.8 x 11.2 x 4.3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
    PROVENANCE Trench in the Great Temple at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt; 1932-33, excavated by John Devitt Stringfellow Pendlebury for the Egypt Exploration Society (excavation no. 32-33/61); 1933, gift of the Egypt Exploration Society to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Inlay profile head of red quartzite facing right, representing Akhenaten or Smenkhare, probably the former. Lips painted red. Condition: Nose chipped. Eye, eyebrow and cheek slightly chipped. Minor scars. Lips painted red.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Inlay Profile Head, ca. 1353–1336 B.C.E. Red quartzite, pigment, 4 5/8 x 4 7/16 x 1 11/16 in. (11.8 x 11.2 x 4.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 33.685. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 33.685_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 33.685_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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