Male Head (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

380–342 BC
Overall: 9 1/2 × 5 3/4 in. (24.13 × 14.61 cm)
Unusual and irregularly veined stones fascinated sculptors of the Late Period. Here a rose-colored vein has been used both to accentuate the curves of the head and to add contrast to the symmetry of the face. The high polish and elongated egg shape of the head are typical of the Late Period.
Dynasty 30
Late Period
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
“Through Ancient Eyes: Egyptian Portraiture,” Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, 21 April- 31 July 1988; cat. No. 43, pp. 122-123 (color illus.)

“Art Works on Loan” Program, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN, 1 Sep. – 2 Oct. 1988.

“Life and Afterlife: Cycles of Nature and Belief in Ancient Egypt, Egyptian Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts”, Penninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, 12 June- 19 Aug. ’99; Wm. King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon, VA, 27 Aug. – 10 Oct. ’99; Piedmont Arts Assoc., Martinsville, VA, 15 Oct- 26 Nov ’99; Emerson Gallery, McLean, VA, 3 Dec. ’99- 15 Jan 2000; Longwood Center for the Vis. Arts, Farmville, 22 Jan- 5 Mar 2000.
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