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Bust of Prince Ankhhaf

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In ancient Egypt, artists almost never created true portraits. This bust of Ankhhaf, therefore, breaks the rule. It is made of limestone covered with a thin layer of plaster, into which details have been modeled by the hand of a master. Rather than a stylized representation, the face is of an...

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Provenance

From Giza, tomb G 7510. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1927: assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: July 7, 1927)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khafra (Chephre, 2520–2494 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Object Place

Dimensions

Height: 50.48 cm (19 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.442

Medium or Technique

Painted limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture