Trial Piece Worked on Both Sides

Trial Piece Worked on Both Sides

c. 1391-1353 BC

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Limestone

Overall: 34.4 x 24 x 7 cm (13 9/16 x 9 7/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1920.1975.a

Location

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Trial pieces were a necessity of this busy building period because new styles were continually introduced and rapid training of apprentices was needed.

Description

This carved flake of limestone provides a fascinating glimpse of the ancient artist at work. One side, by far the better, features four studies of heads. At the upper left is an Asiatic. He has a low forehead, a prominent nose, and a long, pointed beard. To his right is a Nubian wearing the short, round headdress and large loop earring that the Egyptians usually identified with this ethnic group. The bottom row presents images from within Egypt. At the left is a stock image of a king. To his right is another Egyptian, whose clean-shaven head immediately identifies him as a priest.

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