Faience is one of the most common compositional materials for ancient Egyptian artefacts, with its use widespread particularly in small objects, such as amulets and statuettes. Turquoise/blue was a very popular colour, used as a substitute for more precious stones, such as lapis lazuli. Similarly, red faience could serve as a substitute for carnelian.
Egyptian Glazed Composition Head
A blue glazed figurine head with a conical hat and curled hair. The glaze is thicker along the incised details, which gives the piece aesthetic shading. The conical hat appears to sit further back on the head, with styled hair framing the forehead. The facial features are cherub-like, wide, and exaggerated. The right hand seems to be raised to the ear, indicating that the head was probably part of a larger statue (most likely a body, on account of the fracture lines along the neck).
Period: Late Dynastic Period
Condition: Fine condition; some damage due to age.