Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Ancestral Bust

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 19, early
Date:
ca. 1320–1237 B.C.
Geography:
Possibly from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina
Medium:
Painted limestone
Dimensions:
H. 41.2 cm (16 1/4 in), w. 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Fletcher Fund and The Guide Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966
Accession Number:
66.99.45
Not on view
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.
Collection of Albert Gallatin, purchased by the Museum in 1966. Purchased by him from Tano, New York, 1950. Previously Levi de Benzion Collection (before 1943); Benzion Collection sale, Cairo, 1947.

Fischer, Henry G. 1967. "The Gallatin Egyptian Collection." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 25, no. 7 (March), p. 260, fig. 9.

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