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Face from a composite statue of king Den

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Because ancient wood rarely survives, very little large-scale wooden sculpture remains from any period in Egyptian history. Thus, this remarkably well-preserved face from such an early date is un-paralleled. The concave, masklike face was probably attached to a core made of a different material,...

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Provenance

Probably from Abydos (said to have been excavated by Emile Amelineau in 1895 at the royal tombs of Dynasties 1 and 2). By early 20th century: Emile Amelineau collection, Paris; by 1960 J.J. Klejman collection; 1960: given to the MFA by J.J. Klejman.

Credit Line

Gift of J. J. Klejman

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, 2873–2859 B.C.

Object Place for Label

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Probably Abydos, Egypt

Dimensions

height x width (max): 16.3 x 9.7 cm (6 7/16 x 3 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

60.1181

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture