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BUST OF A MAN

Egypt
Middle Kingdom
Second half of Dynasty 12, ca. 1875-1782 B.C.
Red quartzite
35.6 cm H, 27.9 cm W
Gift of Mrs. Joseph L. Valentine, 1937
OIM 17273

This idealized, youthful 'portrait' of an unidentified private individual is an outstanding example of Middle Kingdom sculpture. It was commissioned by a man who could afford to hire the best of sculptors to fashion in stone the likeness he would bear for all eternity. The narrow almond-shaped eyes, full face, and large ears are typical of works of this period, as are the heavy rippled wig with pointed lappets and the wrap-around garment, the top of which is visible on the left side of the chest.


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