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Head from a Composite Statue

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Yellow quartzite, pigment
  • Place Excavated: Tell el-Amarna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 7 1/16 x 5 11/16 in. (18 x 14.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
    PROVENANCE Near the high altar of the Great Temple at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt; 1933-34, excavated by John Devitt Stringfellow Pendlebury for the Egypt Exploration Society (excavation no. 33/6); 1934, gift of the Egypt Exploration Society to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Yellow quartzite head probably of Smenhkare. Apparently from a composite statue. Originally fitted with separate headdress. Condition: Poor. Workmanship of the finest quality. The entire surface extensively chipped. Inlay of eyes and eyebrows missing. Nose missing. Extensive traces of red paint on lips.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Head from a Composite Statue, ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E. Yellow quartzite, pigment, 7 1/16 x 5 11/16 in. (18 x 14.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 34.6042. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 34.6042_front_SL1.jpg)
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