Figure, head of a priest - ROM2018_16310_20


Figure, head of a priest

Medium:Granite (grano-diorite)
Geography: Egypt
Date: late 6th-late 4th Century BC
Period: Late Period
9.4 x 8.2 x 7.3 cm
Object number: 910.67
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This rather pensive face probably comes from the time of the last native Egyptian Dynasty, the Thirtieth. The almond-shaped eyes, pronounced supra-orbital ridges, high smooth forehead and soft contours suggest a gentleness and even innocence possibly to be associated with ideas of resurrection. His expression is serious but not stern. The head resembles the famous ‘egg-shaped’ bald headed images of this period; like those heads, this is probably the image of a priest.

There is no trace of a back pillar. We cannot tell from what remains whether the image was standing, kneeling or sitting. Did he hold something in his hands to suggest his purpose? With no record of his provenance, we can only speculate as to his original meaning.

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