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Archeological Object

Head of a king

Head of a king

The fragment depicts a sovereign with the nemes headdress, which was carried out without the representation of the characteristic tissue stripes; on the front is the uraeus, whose coils form an 8. The dating of the Saitic period can be determined by some stylistic elements: the formal stylization, the smile that betsows a benevolent expression, the lack of the line of kohl at the outer eyes . The sculpture can also be placed in the first half of the XXVI Dynasty, as the uraeus with one spiral testifys, while after the Pharaoh Aprie the uraeus is characterised by a double spiral. The eyes were made of glass paste or precious stones, now lost.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 439
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Unknown
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:


  Definizione: Statue/head
  Class and ware: Sculpture
  Title or subject:

Head of a king

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: Saitic period - XXVI Dynasty
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Black shale
  Height: 36,5
  Varie: Conservation status: discreet. The eyeballs are missing; the nose, the chin with the false beard and the flaps of the headgear are fragmentary.

1983, Donatelli L., “La raccolta egizia di Giuseppe Acerbi”, Mantova, p. 43