Head of a Staff

Egyptian
Old Kingdom


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: .063 H. .031 D.

Accession Number

72.4233

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Personal accessories

This staff finial is made from a highly polished, light yellow-brown wood. The piece is slightly cracked in places. At the bottom, there is a square hole to attach the finial to a square peg on the shaft of the staff it belonged to.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way