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AN EGYPTIAN BLACK GRANITE BUST OF A WOMAN
AN EGYPTIAN BLACK GRANITE BUST OF A WOMAN

MIDDLE KINGDOM, DYNASTY XII, 1991-1783 B.C.

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AN EGYPTIAN BLACK GRANITE BUST OF A WOMAN
MIDDLE KINGDOM, DYNASTY XII, 1991-1783 B.C.
Probably from a standing figure, her arms held at her sides, wearing a closely-fitted tunic with a thick hem positioned just below her breasts, the incised shoulder straps covering the outer edges of her breasts, her long wig with side lappets, the strands of hair incised, running horizontally above the forehead, behind her ears and vertically along the lappets, her broad triangular face with the large eyes set far apart, each convex and tilted slightly forward along their upper edges, with sculpted lids, the upper thicker than the lower, the modelled brows curving along the contours of the eyes, the straight lips only slightly wider than the base of the broad nose, the ears highly stylized and asymmetrical, the proper right higher than the left, the wig extending in back over her rounded shoulders to the uninscribed back pillar
8 in. (20.3 cm.) high
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 14 June 1978, lot 236.
with N. Wright, London, 1980.
Literature
G.D. Scott, III, Exhibition catalogue, The Past Rediscovered: Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt, New Haven, 1983, no. 100, pp. 11 and 13.
M.A. Hoffman, Exhibition catalogue, The First Egyptians, Columbia, 1988, no. 90, p. 91.
G.D. Scott, III, Exhibition catalogue, Temple, Tomb and Dwelling: Egyptian Antiquities from the Harer Family Trust Collection, San Bernardino, 1992, no. 40, pp. 72-73.
J. Hardin, Exhibition catalogue, The Lure of Egypt: Land of the Pharaohs Revisited, St. Petersburg, 1996, no. 77.
Exhibited
New Haven, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, The Past Rediscovered: Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt, 29 September 1983-30 September 1984.
Columbia, South Carolina, McKissick Museum of the University of South Carolina, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and elsewhere, The First Egyptians, April 1988-March 1990.
San Bernardino, University Art Gallery, California State University and elsewhere, Temple, Tomb and Dwelling: Egyptian Antiquities from the Harer Family Trust Collection, 8 January-30 December 1992.
San Antonio Museum of Art, The Sun Disk's Horizon: Life in the City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, 1 October 1992-31 January 1993.
San Antonio Museum of Art, Mummies: The Egyptian Art of Death, 20 July 1993-1 October 1995.
St. Petersburg, Florida, Museum of Fine Arts, The Lure of Egypt: Land of the Pharaohs Revisited, 10 January-9 June 1996.
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