Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Head of an old man

Ptolemaic Period
200–1 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Memphis (Mit Rahina)
H. 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.); W. 3.3 cm (1 5/16 in.); D. 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
While related to Hellenistic theatrical mime-type terracottas, scholars have pointed out this small head does not show the same exaggerations and might better be thought of as a kind of genre representation. It is very finely made, testifying to the quality of the production at Memphis where it probably originated, and the large skull relates to an Egyptian type.
Acquired by Lord Carnarvon (d. 1923). Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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