Egyptian Limestone Head of a King, 26th-Ptol 664-31 BC
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1210102
Ostracon Ancient Art
Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
Gallery by appointment
Egyptian limestone head of a king with gently curved eyes recessed to bear inlays. The head shows a calm smile; the corners of the mouth with small cavities. The nostrils are carefully drilled; the bridge of the nose is chipped off in places. The head is wearing a wig which is topped by the annular base of a crown (?). On the forehead a square cavity to insert the uraeus.
This head is a kind of sculptor's model. For similar heads cf. London, Petrie Museum, UC14854 or Petersburg, Ermitage, inv.188830.
Egyptian, 26th Dynasty to Ptolemaic, 664-31 BC
H. head 5.5 cm (2.2 in)
H. with stand 14.7 cm (5.8 in)
Limestone with a partially preserved gypsum layer, which was originally painted. Small remains or red pigment can be appreciated on the lower lip. The bridge of the nose chipped off in places, the left side of the wig missing. Inlaid uraeus and eyes lost.
Art market Holland (details to purchaser)
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed