Head of a priest, Ptolemaic Period, Alexandria east harbor, Egypt. Black granite. The skull is probably shaved as was the habit of priests for reasons of cleanliness. The cheekbones are marked and the cheeks hollow; he wears the mark of scarification of the priests on his forehead; the now hollow eyes were probably inlaid. A highly realistic portrait of a man ripe in years whose expression evokes thoughtfulness, silence, and contemplation.
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