Head of an old man

Ptolemaic Period

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.

Head of an old man, Pottery

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