Wooden Male Head of Middle Kingdom Attendant
Circa 2061-1784 BC
Description: This carved wooden head represents one of the many model figures commonly employed by the ancient Egyptians in the afterlife to take care of agricultural duties and food preparation. This particular attendant’s head has a depression where the eyes had once been painted. Nose and lips are carved in relief and the jutting chin is short and rounded. A short wig with remains of black paint frames the face and covers the ears. The head has a drill hole underneath and is mounted on a custom stand. Fine example of a very popular Middle Kingdom genre.
Height: 2.2 in. (6 cm)
Condition: Intact as shown.
Provenance: Acquired at a New England country auction, said to be ex-Michael Ward. Old collection or museum number 17YV in ink on back below wig.
Reference: See Catalogue of Egyptian Art in the Cleveland Museum (Cleveland, 1999), #144, for related type.
Price: $ 850
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