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Ostracon with a Royal Head
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Ostracon with a Royal Head

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This sketch depicts a king wearing the "blue crown," a collar, and two strings of gold beads. His stubble beard is a sign of mourning. The features of the king make it likely that Seti I is represented. The elaborate execution of the royal image, which is without doubt the work of a master painter, differs from the depiction of the two hands. This sketch was probably a model for trainees, and was later reused for other training purposes by an experienced artist. It is interesting that the painter of the royal head has chosen the topic of a stubble-bearded king, which was not part of the official motifs.
Date Description Narrative
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1923, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Number] 3111
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1923

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ca. 1280 BCE (New Kingdom, 19th dynasty)
limestone with ink
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 7 5/16 x W: 5 3/4 x D: 1 1/8 in. (18.5 x 14.6 x 2.9 cm)


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