May 1, 2014
Fragment of the face of an Egyptian queen, 1353-1336 B.C.
I first saw a picture of this sculpture when I was an undergraduate at U.C.L.A. in the late 60's: I think — but I'm not certain — that it appeared in Janson's "History of Art," the textbook for a survey course called Art 1A.
In any event, it completely floored me.
At that time, I vowed to myself that if ever I was in New York City the first thing I would do is visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see this piece up close.
Alas, I have been in New York City at least twice since then, most recently last year, and I have yet to go to the Met.
Chances are, I never will.
From Retronaut: "The royal woman represented here cannot be identified with certainty. It is difficult to imagine that the already aged Queen Tiye — the mother of Akhenaten and highly respected as a wise woman at Amarna — was shown as a beauty of such sensuous character. Queens Nefertiti and Kiya, however, are both possible subjects."
The Met's page featuring this sculpture is here.
May 1, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink
I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn in the fifties and sixties and my parents took me to the museums regularly.
I first saw those lips when I was nine and never forgot them. Growing up I would make a pilgrimage to the Queen with each new
I've been a fan of yours for some time and caught this the last time you posted it. Hadn't thought of it for some time.
I confess I immediately felt we were kindred spirits. (no creepiness intended)
Posted by: David Richman | May 7, 2014 10:28:48 PM
I am also smitten by it!
Those voluptuous lips...
My meds, please.
Posted by: Joe Peach | May 3, 2014 4:55:17 PM
Janson's "History of Art" was the textbook for all Art History 101 courses every where.
Posted by: pictou | May 1, 2014 9:09:08 PM