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Model of a Pharaoh’s Head

Artist Culture
Egyptian
Dynasty
Dynasty 26 (Saite), 664–525 BC
Period
Ptolemaic period, 332–30 BC
Date
332–30 BC
Material
Limestone
From
Egypt, Africa
Classification
Sculpture, stone & mineral
Current Location
On View, Gallery 313
Dimensions
4 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 2 in. (11.4 x 8.6 x 5.1 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
214:1924
NOTES
Heads of a king, like this one, became popular in the Late and Ptolemaic periods, but it is unknown whether they were actual models used by sculptors or offerings, since many have been found in temples. The back of this unfinished bust contains a grid. The Egyptians divided the human body into 18 (and later 21) equal squares from the feet to the head, ensuring that the proportions of a figure would be uniform, regardless of its size.
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