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Head of Ankhkhonsu

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Two basic trends may be distinguished in Late Period portraiture: idealizing and nonidealizing. They existed side by side. The subjects of idealizing portraits appear youthful, while nonidealizing portraits show them as mature or even aged. The beautifully carved head of Ankhkhonsu exemplifies...

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Probably from Karnak. 1903: purchased in Luxor by Albert M. Lythgoe for the MFA. The body (Cairo JE 37997) was discovered in 1905 in the Karnak Cachette. (Accession Date: January 1, 1904)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, 664–525 B.C.

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Object Place

Possibly from Karnak, Egypt


Height x width x depth: 19.5 x 18.5 x 15 cm (7 11/16 x 7 5/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World