Art: Reserve Head

Some 45 centuries ago an Egyptian gentleman with two proud titles, Master of the Largesses of the House of Life and Director of the Black Vase, died and was buried. Like other aristocrats of his time, the Master had been a forward-looking sort. It had struck him or his heirs that vandals might break into his tomb some day, and disturb his rest by injuring the head of his mummy. Just in case, a substitute head, a stone portrait of himself, was carved and placed in his tomb as a reserve resting place for his spirit.

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