About this object

Fragment of carved limestone with incised male profile and some lightly carved hieroglyphs. In some respect the style of the piece is very much like sculptor’s trial pieces excavated at Tell el-Amarna. However, without any recorded archaeological provenance it is difficult to be certain if it is an antiquity (mid 18th Dynasty?) or a forgery (early 1900s?). The artist may have been attempting to show someone wearing the so-called Nubian wig, popular with both men and women during the reign of Akhenaten. The carving of the eye is exaggerated, quite unlike examples from Amarna, and this casts some doubt on the authenticity of the piece.

Compare with sculptor’s trial pieces from Amarna e.g., 'The City of Akhenaten part 3' (London, 1951) pl. LXVII.1 [Brooklyn Museum no. 35.1999], pl. LXVII.12.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1352 BC - 1336 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1917 before
  • Measurements
    185 mm x 180 mm
  • Related people
    Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson ( Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

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