introduction
BEGINNINGS:
THE PHOEBE HEARST ERA (1902-1920)


THE PHOEBE HEARST COLLECTIONS
GUATEMALA
NATIVE CALIFORNIA
ALASKAN ESKIMO
PHILIPPINES
ANCIENT NORTH AMERICA
ANCIENT PERU
ANCIENT egypt
Predynastic Period

Early Dynastic Period

Old Kingdom

01. Slab stela of the king’s son, Wepemnofret; painted limestone

02. “Reserve” head, limestone

03. Standing statue of a woman, Lady Itjetka; painted limestone

04. Seated statue of a woman, Lady Isran; painted limestone

05. Servant figure, woman grinding grain; limestone

06. Fluted bowl; diorite stone

07. Standing pair statue, painted limestone

08. Statue of a boy; acacia wood

New Kingdom/Third Intermediate

Ptolemaic/Roman Periods

ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN

TRANSITION (1920-1945)

EXPANSION (1945-1960)

CULMINATION (1960-1980)

RECENT YEARS (1980-2001)

RECENT ACQUISITIONS



“Curator’s Choice”
“Reserve” head, limestone
Giza, Nucleus Cemetery 1200, tomb of Kanofer, tomb 1203; Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu
6–19767

“In 1904 Reisner discovered this ‘reserve’ head in the burial chamber of the Overseer of Commissions and Director of Bowmen Kanofer. It has been various identified as depicting Kanofer himself or a female relative; the highly idealized facial features are not clearly indicative of the gender. The 34 known ‘reserve’ heads are (to us) one of the most enigmatic objects produced by ancient Egyptian artists. These heads are in fact self-contained sculptures; they have not been broken away from full-bodied statues. Various theories exist as to their function: the protection (or replacement) of the head of the deceased; an early state in the development of funerary masks and anthropoid coffins; forms for the molding of masks; or the association of the deceased with the reborn sun god.” (Cathleen Keller and Carol Redmount, curators of Egyptian archaeology).