Bust of a Revered Person

New Kingdom, Ramesside

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124

During the Ramesside Period busts of family ancestors were set into niches in the walls of houses of the village of Deir el Medina, or placed in tombs in the cemeteries there. They have also been found at other sites such as Abydos. This example is unusual because of its large size, well carved facial features and elaborate painted decoration, which is exceptionally well preserved.

Bust of a Revered Person, Painted limestone

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