Which brings us back to the bust of a man with a distinct Adam’s apple. The term itself – “Adam’s apple” – is based on the mistaken belief that when Adam, the first man, ate the forbidden fruit, a piece got lodged in his throat. There is no ancient evidence to support this idea, and the term might be based on a mistranslation of a Hebrew word.
In any event, this portrait of a man, while seemingly conventionally Egyptian at a glance, shows that it ancient Egyptian artists were allowed to incorporate personal touches into their work. Stylistic changes, while subtle, have also allowed archaeologists to date the portrait to the Late Period (664–332 BC), and more specifically to perhaps ca. 560 BC. It is made from black granite.
Thanks to his prominent Adam’s apple, those who knew the man in life might have recognized him despite the rather generic facial features of his stone likeness.