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Head of a Man
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Head of a Man


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Description This depiction of a young man with abundant curly hair combines features of both Egyptian and Greek sculpture of the Hellenistic Period (331-30 BCE). Egyptian elements include the use of the hard, dark stone, the precision with which the eyes have been carved, and the use of contrasting surfaces, with the highly polished face set off by the unpolished curls. The delicate modeling of the cheeks, slightly parted lips, and hairstyle are characteristic of Greek naturalism. The complete statue probably represented the owner striding and wearing a short Egyptian kilt.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/27/1988Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; coated
10/20/1998Examinationsurvey
8/19/1999Treatmentcleaned; other
Exhibitions
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [said to be from Luxor]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1909, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909

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Period
2nd century BCE-early 1st century CE (Ptolemaic-Roman)
Medium
granodiorite
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
22.226
Measurements
4 13/16 x 3 15/16 x 4 5/16 in. (12.2 x 10 x 11 cm)
Geography
  • Egypt, Luxor (Place of Discovery)

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