The near life-size head wearing a long braided wig, the eyebrows arched, the eyes with cosmetic lines and the mouth curling up at the edges in a gentle smile. Faint remains of an incised collar and traces of white, pink, pale blue and yellow paint. The tip of the nose broken away and some wear to the overall surface.
This hairstyle was particularly fashionable among the women of Egypt's capital, Thebes, from the beginning of the New Kingdom. The reverse of the sculpture has a rough surface but is generally on a flat plain, possibly implying that the head has been removed from the back pillar of a pair statue.
Hassan Mohamad Mahmoud, Luxor, Egypt
Ibrahim Ozturk (c.1900-1983), The Netherlands; acquired in Luxor 1930s-1972, exported from Egypt 1973-1974, thence by descent
Accompanied by a copy of the original receipt from Hassan Mohamed Mahmoud