Artwork of the Week: April 13

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Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18 (1550–1307 BCE), Fragment of a Relief: Portrait Head of a Noble, limestone with paint, about 1350 BCE. Classic Court (Gallery 2)

The Classic Court has been closed since January for an exciting re-installation of the Museum’s choice collection of ancient art—but now it is open again to the public! This serene Egyptian portrait from a tomb wall is one of the hundreds of works of ancient art once again on view. Though no name survives with the image, the quality of the carving and details of the man’s attire (particularly his fashionable multi-layered wig) suggest that he was a powerful noble.

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