Amenemope Dynasty 20 reign of Ramesses XI 1113-1085 BCE wood gesso and paint (1) | Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. by Mary Harrsch

Amenemope Dynasty 20 reign of Ramesses XI 1113-1085 BCE wood gesso and paint (1) | Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. by Mary Harrsch

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Limestone fragmentary head of a prince or princess. New Kingdom. 18th dynasty. Reign of Akhenaten. 1353–1336 B.C. | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Limestone fragmentary head of a prince or princess. New Kingdom. 18th dynasty. Reign of Akhenaten. 1353–1336 B.C. | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Funerary portrait of a mother and daughter, mother wears native Mesopotamian costume; the daughter holds a wreath and wears fashionable Roman jewelry. Roman, from Palmyra in the Euphrates region of Syria, 70-100 A.D.

Funerary portrait of a mother and daughter, mother wears native Mesopotamian costume; the daughter holds a wreath and wears fashionable Roman jewelry. Roman, from Palmyra in the Euphrates region of Syria, 70-100 A.D.

Reserve Head Old Kingdom Dynasty 4 Reign of Khufu or Khafre ca. 2551–2528 B.C. Reserve heads were used during the Old Kingdom, as a magical place to hold the Ka of the deceased should anything happen to the body. In Egyptian religion it was believed that if anything happened to the body of the deceased then they would cease to exist in the afterlife. A reserve head was used to ensure against such a fate. (Source: The Metropolitan Museum)

Reserve Head Old Kingdom Dynasty 4 Reign of Khufu or Khafre ca. 2551–2528 B.C. Reserve heads were used during the Old Kingdom, as a magical place to hold the Ka of the deceased should anything happen to the body. In Egyptian religion it was believed that if anything happened to the body of the deceased then they would cease to exist in the afterlife. A reserve head was used to ensure against such a fate. (Source: The Metropolitan Museum)

Ethiopian Manuscript, Gondar Homiliary, Walters Manuscript W.835, fol. 2v by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr

Ethiopian Manuscript, Gondar Homiliary, Walters Manuscript W.835, fol. 2v by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr

Head of a goddess, probably Mut, for attachment to a processional barque(?) [Egypt] (2008.353) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Head of a goddess, probably Mut, for attachment to a processional barque(?) [Egypt] (2008.353) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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