Head of a Queen or Goddess
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
probably 1st century B.C.E.
Late Ptolemaic Period
3 3/8 x 2 3/16 x 2 1/2 in. (8.6 x 5.5 x 6.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Female head in glassy faience, originally blue-green, now pale green, preserved to base of neck. Head tilted to left, face of a pensive type with open mouth. Hair parted in center and dressed in corkscrew curls falling down over shoulders and on back. Wide flat diadem (?) or band on head. Remains of a square base (? support of an attribute) on top of head. A queen or goddess-possibly Isis.
Condition: Glaze worn. Nose chipped. Attribute from top of head lost. Curls chipped as are chin and front of neck. Apparently was part of complete statuette.
This item is not on view
Head of a Queen or Goddess, probably 1st century B.C.E. Faience, 3 3/8 x 2 3/16 x 2 1/2 in. (8.6 x 5.5 x 6.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 58.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 58.1_PS9.jpg)
overall, 58.1_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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Could you tell me how faience was made?
Faience is a man-made mixture of "ground quartz or quartz-sand held together by and alkaline binder. The bright and shiny surface
seen on this figurine is a result of glazing. The glaze was made of a form of powdered glass mixed with a liquid and applied either with a brush or by dipping the entire figurine.
It gets it's blue color from copper that is mixed into or applied to the surface of the quartz body before firing.