Fragmentary Head of a Man, Belonging to a Block Statue

Despite the fact that the upper half of the head is now missing and the facial characteristics have been altered, the details imply that this fragmentary head was once part of a block statue, a popular non-royal statue type in which the sitter is sculpted in a crouching stance. Block sculptures were essentially temple statues that were erected in the precincts and forecourts of temples. The original quality of the sculpture, such as the carefully carved strands on the wig or the modelling of the cheeks, may be discerned, leading to a stylistic dating of the New Kingdom.

 

Object Details

Fragmentary Head of a Man, Belonging to a Block Statue

New Kingdom

Unknown

1550–1070 B.C.

 Egypt

Granodiorite

H. 15 × W. 23 × D. 18 cm (5 7/8 × 9 1/16 × 7 1/16 in.)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 

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