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Basalt head


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Title/s

Basalt head

Category

figure

Name

statue

Description

head of a priest.

Production Notes

The shaved head indicates that the subject is a priest. Priests were required to shave all of their body hair before administering to the gods. This type of 'portrait' is now called an egg head because of the prominent shape of the skull.

Field Collection

Egypt

Dimensions

length 15 cm

Period

Thirtieth Dynasty
Ptolemaic period

Date

circa 332 B.C. — 30 B.C.

Provenance

bequeathed: Raphael, Oscar C. 1946 (Filtered for: Antiquities)

Material/s

basalt

Accession Number

E.3.1946 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 61607; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-13)

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