Portrait of a Man
Unknown artist, Egyptian, Said to be from the area of Tanis (Northeast Nile Delta)
Portrait of a Man, ca. 150-100 BCE
23.7 x 16.5 x 20.4 cm (9 5/16 x 6 1/2 x 8 1/16 inches)
Gift of Mrs. Murray S. Danforth 58.001
Under Greek domination in the Ptolemaic Period, the Hellenistic interest in depicting age, emotion, and personality encouraged the production of more realistic portraits. This aging man, with sagging skin and irregular furrows running from the outer edges of the nose to the mouth and from the corners of the mouth downward, illustrates the style. A surviving portion of a back pillar, an ancient pharaonic convention, hugs the area behind his neck.