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Head of a priest (The Boston Green Head)

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This head of a priest, called the Boston Green Head, is the best portrait sculpture known from the Late Period. The face is wonderfully lifelike and individual. Light wavy lines indicate the furrows of his brow, and crow’s feet radiate from the outer corners of his eyes. The top of his nose...

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Provenance

Said to have been found at the Serapeum, Saqqara. 1858: given by Muhammed Said Pasha to Prince Napoleon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte; by 1904: with Edward Perry Warren; 1904: purchased by the MFA from Edward Perry Warren. (Accession Date: January 19, 1904)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 30, 380–332 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 10.5 x 8.5 x 11.3 cm (4 1/8 x 3 3/8 x 4 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

04.1749

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture