Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Head of a statue of an older man

Old Kingdom
Dynasty 4–5
ca. 2550–2460 B.C.
From Egypt
Limestone, paint
4 x 4 3/16 x 3 3/8 in. (10.2 x 10.7 x 8.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Dodge Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
The small head was probably part of a standing statue with a back pillar. Narrow eyes, the remains of a jutting nose, a seamed face, and broad flat lips make this one of a restricted number of realistic depictions of aged officials from the Old Kingdom.
From Levi de Benzion Collection, Cairo. Purchased by the museum from Frank J. Tano, New York, 1947.

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