Roman Egyptian moulded pottery head of an old man



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A hollow moulded pottery head depicting an old man with comical or grotesque features. There are no obvious break-lines indicating that this head came from a larger figure so it is fair to assume it was produced to serve some practical or votive function.

Egypt, Roman period, 1st to 3rd Century AD

7.5 x 6.8 cms

Repaired from two pieces with minor losses

Ex. collection: Dr. Perry T. Rathbone (1911-2000), USA; acquired from Blanchard’s Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt in the early to mid 20th Century.

Dr Rathbone was a distinguished member of the American arts community; he was director of St Louis Art Museum between 1940-1955 and director of the Museum of Fine arts, Boston between 1955-1972.