Female Face and Neck
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Possible Place Made: Egypt
late Ptolemaic Period to early Roman Period
8 9/16 × 4 × 3 7/16 in. (21.8 × 10.2 × 8.7 cm)
mount: 12 1/2 × 4 1/4 × 4 1/2 in. (31.8 × 10.8 × 11.4 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1896, acquired in Egypt by Charles Edwin Wilbour; 1896, inherited from Charles Edwin Wilbour by Charlotte Beebe Wilbour; 1914, inherited from Charlotte Beebe Wilbour by Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour; 1916, gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour to the Brooklyn Museum.
Female face and neck in pentelic marble, presumably a fragment from a statue. Face of late Hellenistic type leaning to right. Full features, mouth slightly open. Remains of red and black paint in eyes. Hair indicated above forehead has slight traces of red paint. Possibly made as a separate piece, may have represented Venus, or Berenike II.
Good condition; good, if dull, workmanship.
This item is not on view
Graeco-Egyptian. Female Face and Neck. Marble, pigment, 8 9/16 × 4 × 3 7/16 in. (21.8 × 10.2 × 8.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.580.82. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 16.580.82_PS9.jpg)
overall, 16.580.82_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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Any cool facts about this?
Sure! If you look very closely, you can still see traces of red paint in the hair! Most sculptures were brightly painted in ancient times.
Interestingly, the shape of her mouth is one of the ways we can tell that this fragment comes from the Ptolemaic or Hellenistic period.
Why is this incomplete?
This is actually an ancient fragment which dates to the Ptolemaic period in Egypt. Rodin liked to collect ancient fragments and put them in his studio as inspiration for his own works.