Head of a Nobleman

Head of a nobleman (The Josephson Head)
Egypt (Possibly from Memphis on the basis of style), Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 12, 18781841 B.C.E.
Quartzite, Width x height x depth: 24 x 18.5 x 21 cm (9 7/16 x 7 5/16 x 8 1/4 in.)
Partial gift of Magda Saleh and Jack A. Josephson 2003, MFA #2003.244

"For a brief period beginning in the reign of Senwosret III, sculptors carved portraits in hard stone that for character and depth of expression were never surpassed in Egyptian art. Marvelously lifelike, this male head is a supreme example, the stone flesh-like, an illusion enhanced by its warm, ruddy hue. The quality of carving indicated it was probably made in a royal workshop; however the man represented isn't a king, as he lacks any royal attribut. Although his name and title are not preserved, we can be sure he's an individual of exalted status, a high official or member of the royal family." (From info card)

Photos ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2014