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Head of a Syrian
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Head of a Syrian

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Description This is the pouring element that would have been attached to a horn-shaped vessel for perfume or medicine. The head with curved nose, fleshy chin, and a plain wig is carefully carved. The head may represent a Syrian. The band around the back of the wig is unusual. This may be a mistake on the part of a non-Egyptian carver or it may represent the tie of a wig cover.
Date Description Narrative
11/16/1982Treatmentcleaned; examined for condition
4/13/1983Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984.
Provenance [Said to be from the pyramids]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1914, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1914

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1580-1085 BCE (New Kingdom)
hippopotamus ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
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H: 2 in. (5.1 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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