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"Salt Head" (Louvre) - linked to Amarna?

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:30 pm    Post subject: "Salt Head" (Louvre) - linked to Amarna? Reply with quote

When I have visited the Louvre I have been captivated by the piece called "Salt Head" named because it was purchased from the collection of Henry Salt in 1826. It pre-dates a lot of Amarna finds but has a lot in common I would argue with the style of art created by the workshop of Tuthmose.

It is clearly of a non-Royal male but with facial similarities to known depictions of several Amarna persons, and I would speculate it may be a representation of Yuya or possibly Ay.

In relation to Yuya it resembles to an extent his mummy, and also the coffin he was found in (although the latter is so idealised it is almost abstract).

In relation to Ay I believe in profile it is extremely close to the representation of Ay in KV62. Are there any other inscribed representations of Ay's face surviving?

Are there any papers discussing this piece?

The photos below were taken by me in the Louvre:


[img]https://flic.kr/p/8nP4JH[/img]

[img]https://flic.kr/p/8nP4P2[/img]

[img]https://flic.kr/p/8nP4Wv[/img]
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

" Art on Stage - Musée du Louvre, Paris " (Louvre Auditorium - June 1, 2011)

Christophe Barbotin / Yvan Coquinot / Sandrine Pages : The "Salt Head" - A masterpiece of Middle Empire Egyptian sculpture. - In: Revue des Musees de France 62(1). - 2012. - pp. 34 - 45, 110 - 111 :
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This bust, known as the "Salt Head" and acquired by the Louvre in 1826, has always been the subject of numerous conjectures. A thorough study - carried out in 2011 and combining the techniques of the Laboratoire des Musées de France (C2RMF) with traditional methods of archaeological analysis - has now shown that the sculpture was not a bust but a piece of ancient restoration for the statue of a seated man and should henceforth be dated from the Middle Empire period. It has furthermore been established that this exceptional work underwent a second restoration in ancient times, around the 1 st century BC.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, I have applied for the full text of the linked report.

I must confess that I first approached the head from behind and thought it was going to be one of the reconstructed heads of Tutankhamen. It is a very striking, lifelike piece. It was with pieces from the late 18th dynasty not the Middle Kingdom.
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