Head of a Queen
Quartzite, 10 13/16 x 12 3/16 x 10 3/16in. (27.5 x 31 x 25.8cm)
New Kingdom, Dynasty XVIII, ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E.
Possibly from Lower Egypt
Brooklyn #65.134.3 , Charles Edwin Wilbour fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
From the info card|
"The Egyptians associated the vulture with several important goddesses. This sculpture depicts a so-called vulture cap: the bird's oval body sits at the top of the wearer's head and its outspread wings sweep down beside the face. The vulture's tail is indicated in back, but its head has been replaced by a royal uraeus-cobra over the forehead. A queen would have worn such a head dress on top of a voluminous wig.
"The head shows some of the Middle Kingdom influence that is so pronounced in early Eighteenth Dynasty art under Ahmose and Amunhotep I. Other details—such as the shapes of the eyes and eyebrows, for example—indicate that the head was carved later, to represent either the wife of King Thutmose III or his mother, Queen Isis."