Prince Ankh-haf Goes Mufti

The magnificent bust of Ankh-haf, a vizier of the Fourth Dynasty king Khafre (Chephren, ca. 250-2570 B.C.), is rightfully considered to be the finest portrait of the Egyptian Old Kingdom and one of the outstanding creations in all Egyptian art.  Source: Bolshakov- BMFA 1991

 The bust was discovered during the Harvard-Boston Museum excavations of 1925, and during the Second World War was taken to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to protect it from possible destruction during the war. 

 During that time Dows Dunham, Curator of the Egyptian Collection at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in a fit of whimsy, decided to subject the noble Ankh-haf to a bit of modernization by clothing him in his own jacket and hat:

As Dunham notes:

The mastaba of Ankh-haf, his bust in situ in the middle of the chamber. 
Bolshakov, BMFA

Source. Bulletin of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, February 1943.

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With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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