Sunday, August 15, 2010

Photo for Today - Head from sarcophagus, MFA

Copyright Rick Menges, with my thanks

Head from an anthropoid sarcophagus
Ptolemaic Dynast, c. 200 B.C.
No provenance listed

Here's the description from the MFA website:

Head from an anthropoid sarcophagus
Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), 200 B.C.

Height x width x depth: 48 x 53 x 35 cm (18 7/8 x 20 7/8 x 13 3/4 in.)

Classification: Tomb equipment

On view in the: Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery

Finely polished white limestone head from the lid of a sarcophagus. The deceased is shown wearing a plain tripartite wig that falls behind the ears. This style of sarcophagus was popular from Dynasty 30 through the Ptolemaic Dynasty.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Gift of Service des Antiquités d'Égypte, 1912
Accession number: 12.1511

Provenance/Ownership History: 1912: given to the MFA by the Egyptian Antiquities Service.

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