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Transformation Of A Royal Head: Notes On A Portrait Of Nectanebo I

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The colossal head of Nectanebo I was installed in a new gallery for Egyptian art at LACMA in 1989. Since that time, the work has remained on view, and the repairs have remained stable and virtually imperceptible to the viewing public. While strategies of restoration and re-restoration continue to evolve, it will be of interest to see if the next generation of Egyptologists and conservators finds this to have been an appropriate treatment. In the meantime, LACMA 49.23.7 was recently a featured object in a LACMA-organized exhibition on the collecting activities of William Randolph Hearst, in Hearst the Collector, installed in fall 2008 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Keywords: colossal head; Egypt; Nectanebo I



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