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Head of a priest

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A shaven-headed man realistically carved with a furrowed brow, hooded eyes and subtle diagonal furrows across the cheeks. The protruding lower lip adds to his pensive expression.


1981, unknown art gallery, Lugano, Switzerland; December 10, 1981, anonymous sale (consigned by the Lugano gallery), Christie's, London, lot 230. Private collection, Madrid; sold from this private collection to a private collector; June 10, 2010, anonymous (private collector) sale, Christie's, New York, lot 54, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 2010)

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Norma Jean Calderwood Acquisition Fund

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty, 2nd half), 2nd–late 1st century B.C.


Height: 22.2 cm (8 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World