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Head of Nectanebo II

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This superb portrait of Egypt’s last native pharaoh is the product of three thousand years’ expertise in carving hard stone. The volumes of his helmet-shaped crown — the Blue Crown, or khepresh, are sleek and streamlined, almost aerodynamic. The artist reveled in the mottled texture of the...

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By 1939: European private collection (letter from Georges Felus, November 8, 1985); 1950-1985: Georges Felus Collection, Paris; 1985: purchased by Edward Safani d. b. a. Safani Gallery, New York; 1990-97: American private collection; December 15, 1992, Christie's New York, Antiquities, lot 106; July 1993-July 1995: on loan to the Brooklyn Museum of Art; December 18, 1997, Christie's New York, Antiquities, lot73; 1997: sold to Edward and Fay Safani; 2000: purchased by the MFA from Safani Gallery, New York. (Accession Date: June 21, 2001)

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Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum, Egyptian Curator's Fund, Marilyn M. Simpson Fund, Mrs. William F. Shelley, Walter and Celia Gilbert, Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund, Joan and Jerry Cross, Mr. and Mrs. Mark R. Goldweitz, Elizabeth H. Valentine, Mr. and Mrs. Miguel de Bragança, Clark and Jane Hinkley, Honey Scheidt, Barbara and Joanne Herman, Marietta Lutze Sackler, Velma and Robert Frank, James Evans Ladd, Allen and Elizabeth Mottur, Frank Jackson and Nancy McMahon, and Meg Holmes Robbins

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 30, reign of Nectanebo II, 362–343 B.C.

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height x width x depth 31 x 24.5 x 24 cm (11 13/16 x 9 5/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

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The Ancient World