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Reconstructing A Statue From A Head

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This chapter talks about an enigmatic Egyptian head. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1980.29 is a granodiorite head, measuring about half life-size. Only its right ear is exposed, while the left remains covered by the wig, a most unusual feature, given the strong preference for symmetrical compositions throughout the dynasties. Clearly the deliberate exposing of just one ear was done with a purpose in mind. The chapter explores its possible meanings and attempts to reconstruct the rest of the statue. The overall shape of the face and its features suggest that it dates to the Ramesside Period; the wig terminating at shoulder level leaves no doubt that a man is represented; the absence of any signs of recarving and the slightly deeper dip of the hair on the proper-left side indicate that the original intention was to show only one ear.

Keywords: Egyptian head; Ramessideperiod



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