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Inlay of face

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Ivory or bone inlay of profile of a sensitively modeled face, with ear and neck. There is no wig. The eye and eyebrow are carved out to hold additional inlays, but are now empty. Two holes are drilled into the back.


From Dendara, animal catacombs. 1898: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; presented to the MFA at the general meeting of the EEF. (Accession Date: November 1, 1898)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.


Dendara, Egypt


Height x width x depth: 6 x 4 x 1.8 cm (2 3/8 x 1 9/16 x 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone


The Ancient World