Head from a Statue of a Man by Unknown Artist

Sculptures of this kind were characterised by their archaistic appearance, the dress, pose and accoutrements being those of Old Kingdom works.

Details

Medium:
Granite
Dimensions:
19 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,600 ( Total: £33,600)
Acquired in:
1973
Vendor:
Christie's

In the case of this head, the wig is identical to those on statues of the 5th and 6th Dynasties. The facial features, however, are more naturalistic and probably more of a true likeness of its owner.

Provenance

Found in 1897 in an excavation at the temple of Mut in Karnak by Miss Margaret Benson and Miss Janet Gourlay; by descent to the vendor.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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