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Effigy head

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Gypsum of alabaster fragment of an effigy head. It has a long narrow face, a long nose, and elliptical eyes. Lids, brows, and hairline are indicated. The surface is chipped and worn.


1934, excavated at Rayy (Cheshmeh Ali Tepe, in present-day Iran), by the University Museum-M.F.A. Persian Expedition; 1935, assigned to the MFA as part of the division of excavated objects. (Accession Date: June 6, 1935)

Credit Line

University Museum—M. F. A. Persian Expedition

Near Eastern, Iranian, Prehistoric, before 6th century B.C.


Rayy, Iran


Height x width x length: 10.7 x 5.2 x 7.5 cm (4 3/16 x 2 1/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gypsum or alabaster (?)


The Ancient World