HEAD OF A NUBIAN
Bronze, gold, cornelian, obsydian.
Ht. 4 cm,
length 2.7 cm, depth 3cm.
Provenance: probably the Delta.
Formerly in the Daltari Collection and the Carnarvon.
of Edward S. Harkness, 1926.
Hellenistic, 3rd century B.C.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This head in reduced format is, technically and
artistically, a masterpiece. The smooth and delicately modelled face contrasts
with the tightly curled hair. The assemblage of metals - analysed by D. Schorsch
- authorizes its dating to the New Empire but the stylistic characteristics
suggest rather the Ptolemaic Period.
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