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"Reserve head" of a woman

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White limestone portrait of a woman with delicate and refined features marked by deep set eyes and a sharply pointed nose; Ears broken, both nostrils chipped. Otherwise perfect.

Provenance

From Giza, Tomb G 4540 A. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu, 2551–2528 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 23.5 x 13 x 19 cm (9 1/4 x 5 1/8 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

21.328

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture