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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Egyptian
Title:Head of a king
Date Made:1069-715 BCE (Third Intermediate Period, Dynasties 21-24)
Type:Sculpture
Materials:Bronze
Place Made:Africa; Egypt
Measurements:Overall: 1 11/16 in x 1 1/4 in x 1 3/16 in; 4.3 cm x 3.2 cm x 3 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1974.14
Credit Line:Purchase with the Elizabeth Blanchard and Harriet Newhall Funds
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Currently on view

Description:
Head with close-fitting cap crown, decorated with roundels and uraeus extending from brow over top of head; prominent ears. Head cut at shoulders (in modern times?) from body of a king.

Label Text:
Dominating Egypt’s hierarchical society was the king, whose proper conduct—particularly toward the gods—helped assure the country’s well-being. This unidentified ruler wears a cap-like crown with a cobra ornament, elements of Egyptian royal regalia. The head may have been part of a statuette showing the king making an offering to a god, and was perhaps a votive gift left by a worshipper at a temple. (Sept. 2016)

Tags:
ancient; archaeology; heads; sculpture; royalty; male; men

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