<em>Jar Lid with Human Face</em>, ca. 1876-1837 B.C.E. Limestone, 4 × 4 7/16 × 4 1/16 in. (10.2 × 11.2 × 10.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Christos G. Bastis and Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 87.78. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.78_SL1.jpg)

Jar Lid with Human Face

Medium: Limestone

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1876-1837 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 4 × 4 7/16 × 4 1/16 in. (10.2 × 11.2 × 10.3 cm)


Museum Location: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 87.78

Image: 87.78_SL1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Limestone head, almost certainly the lid of a vessel, wearing vertically striated wig and plaited beard; square face with full fleshy cheeks, and large ears; thick, horizontal eyebrows descending obliquely across temples; rimmed eyes with deeply carved inner canthi and flaring cosmetic lines extending from outer canthi; upper lids rise in great arcs; lower lids are straight; straight nose (tip gone) with drilled rounded nostrils, shallow fold rising from each nasal ala and extending to a point parallel to bottom of nose; extremely shallow philtrum; mouth wide and straight; lips sharply modeled; end of beard gone. Condition: Entire surface of head chipped and abraded; most severe damage on back; facial damage includes chips on both eyebrows and lids of both eyes; ears, right cheek, end of nose, and lower lip; left cheek abraded. Bottom of head flat.

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