Egypt; New Kingdom, 1475-1292 BC
Red jasper 
H. 9.6 cm; W. 6.1 cm; D. 7.5cm

Carved in the 18th Dynasty, a high point of ancient Egyptian civilisation, this head is believed to depict either Queen Hatshepsut or King Thutmosis III. Its perfect state of preservation and outstanding artistic quality have earned this head a privileged place among sculpture of the New Kingdom.