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This fragment of a statue was purchased by the Memorial Art Gallery in the 1940s. The piece was called "Royal Portrait Bust." Look closely at the artwork . . . Why do you think it was identified as a "royal" portrait?

When artworks are in museum collections, experts in art history, archaeology, and other fields continue to study them. Over time we sometimes learn more about a piece - maybe it was made at a different time than we originally thought, or maybe it turns out to be a fake! Our understanding and interpretation of museum objects is always changing.

Next! Your instructions.
Imagine that you are a famous Egyptologist named Niles Diggins. You visit Rochester, New York, and go to the Memorial Art Gallery to study their Egyptian collection. You take notes on the pieces that you see there, and when you look at "Royal Portrait Bust" you find it especially interesting and somehow familiar. Back home in Memphis, Tennessee, you look through the photo files that you've collected of pieces from museums around the world. You are looking for a fragment of a lower portion of a statue that will match the "Royal Portrait Bust" in Rochester.

Four possible matches are illustrated below. Which one would you choose? Remember to look for similar pose, break lines, and carving style. When you have made a selection, click on that image.

Now! Do it.

pharaoh's fragment game

Wait! One final thought.

Get the real story on the Egyptologist who made this discovery!


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