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Bust of a Man


Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description This bust from a statuette wears a short wig, which consists of rows of dark brown rectangles and does not cover the ears. His eyebrows are painted black, his eyes are also painted, and his skin is painted a deep dark brown. His necklace, consisting of three rows of colored beads, is painted white, dark red, dark blue, and light blue. There are traces of gilding on the back of the statue. His nipples are made from inlaid dowels inserted into the body. In addition to being cut off at the level of the pectorals, this piece has suffered additional damage, such as at the back of the wig, which is sheared off. There are also slight cracks in his back, as well as a larger crack on the left side of his neck. Paint has also fallen off of the chest and face. There are extensive restorations, including the coloring (the face has been repainted), which unfortunately obscures the original impression of this piece.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
7/29/1998Examinationexamined for condition
7/30/1998Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Said Bey Khashaba, Cairo Museum [date of acquisition unknown], by excavation; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1917, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1917

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Period
ca. 2170-2020 BC (First Intermediate)
Medium
wood with black, white, yellow and green paint
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
22.29
Measurements
H: 9 7/16 in. (24 cm)
Geography
  • Egypt, Assiout (Place of Discovery)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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