Head of an Official

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 13, ca. 1794-1648 BCE
Granite, 33.8 x 46.3 x 26 cm (13 3/4 x 18 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.)
Museum Purchase Fund, Art Institute of Chicago #1920.261
Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry

(From info card)
"This is one of the most important pieces that Breasted chose for the Art Institute. He was impressed with its quality, calling it a 'powerfully individualistic work [and] among the best of such Middle Kingdom portraits.' Since the museum had a large collection of plaster casts of Egyptian statuary, Breasted searched for smaller objects like this that conveyed the quality of monumental statues."

Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry