Head of a royal figure
Egypt; New Kingdom, 1475–1292 BC
H. 9.6cm; W. 6.1cm; D. 7.5cm
This head, from a composite statue assembled from parts, would have been completed by a faience crown and bronze beard. Attributes and materials identify the portrait as a royal figure, possibly Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt c. 1479-1458 BC. The jasper is an exceptionally pure red, whose colour symbolised life and vitality.