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Egyptian Male Head, ex Moshe Dayan Collection, 250-300 AD

Terracotta head of a slave or peasant with coarse and asymmetrical features.

The man shows a wide face, short chin, and small ears set at the level of the temples. The almond-shaped eyes are raised, one of them with slight outline of the eyelids. The knobby nose is very close to the full lips underneath.

The bald head is covered by a cloth cap.

The head belongs to a figure that is clad in a cape and holds a fluted staff decorated with a rosette.

For a figure from the same mold, cf. item no. 300, p. 48, pl. 52 (256) in: E. Breccia. Terrecotte figurate greche e greco-egizie del Museo di Alessandria. Vol. 2. Bergamo 1934.

The design of the eyes is characteristic of the period from 200-225 AD.

Moldmade of two halves. Remains of white color in the cavities.

Broken at the neck level. Fine condition. Flake on top of the head.

H. 4.1 cm (1.6 in), H. with stand 8.6 cm (3.4 in)

Ex collection of Moshe Dayan (1915-1981), Israel. Conveyed to his friend Ervin Harvith through the Tel Aviv Hilton Archaeological Shop in 1979 (purchase receipt joined).

460 USD

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