Head of a man
Late Period, Dynasty 26
Findspot: Egypt, Probably from Athribis
Height x width: 22.8 x 18 cm (9 x 7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)
Two basic trends may be distinguished in Late Period portraiture: idealizing and nonidealizing. They existed side by side. The subjects of idealizing portraits appear youthful, while nonidealizing portraits show them as mature or even aged. This head is an unusually accomplished and sensitive portrait in the nonidealizing style, with realistic features that are individualized rather than stereotyped. Although the subject’s name is not preserved, the inscription on the back pillar mentions Khentykhety, god of Athribis in the Nile Delta, suggesting that was where he lived.
Probably from Athribis. C. 1926-1936: Jacques Matoussian Collection; by 1937: with Paul Mallon; 1937: purchased by MFA from Paul Mallon for $1000.
(Accession Date: May 5, 1937)
Seth K. Sweetser Fund