This head, with its subtly modeled facial features, sits atop an elongated neck. A hole drilled into its bottom facilitates its display. The head is covered in a thick layer of plaster, which in turn has been painted a shade of red usually used for the representation of male skin tones in ancient Egyptian art. Details have been added in black to indicate the naturalistic line of the eyebrows, the outline of the eyes, and the pupils. Black pigment also covers the top and back of the head, following the natural hairline of the person depicted. The head’s only adornments are two large, circular earrings (painted black as well) that cover the earlobes. Examples of heads such as this one are exceedingly rare, and their ancient function remains elusive. One leading theory is that they were used as wig stands. Wigs, usually composed of human hair, were common wardrobe elements for both men and women in ancient Egypt.