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Head of an Official

A work made of granite.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of granite.

Date:

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 13 (about 1773–1650 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

This head of an official, with his striped wig tucked behind his ears, comes from a larger statue that was likely once displayed in a tomb chapel. Such sculptures served as receptacles for the ka (soul). To animate statues, priests performed a ceremony called the Opening of the Mouth so that the individual represented could benefit from offerings left by the living and breathe, eat, hear, and see in the afterlife. Although this man’s name, which would have been written on the statue, is now lost, the sculpture’s large scale and the choice to carve it from costly granite suggest that he was a high-ranking official.

Status

On View, Gallery 50

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Head of an Official

Place

Egypt (Object made in)

Date

c. 1773 BCE–1650 BCE

Medium

Granite

Dimensions

33.8 × 46.3 × 26 cm (13 3/4 × 18 1/4 × 10 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1920.261

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