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BUST OF A MAN
Second half of Dynasty 12, ca. 1875-1782 B.C.
35.6 cm H, 27.9 cm W
Gift of Mrs. Joseph L. Valentine, 1937
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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Revised: November 12, 1997
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