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Egyptian Sculptor’s Model Fragment, ca. 4th to 3rd Century BC

Egyptian Sculptor’s Model Fragment, ca. 4th to 3rd Century BC


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1332901
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Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
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Finely sculpted limestone royal head with large almond shaped eyes, prominent nose, a gently smiling mouth and a full chin.
The right eye is slightly raised towards the outer corner. The lids are delicately outlined to end in a fine cosmetic line. The pupil shows remains of dark pigment. The raised brow follows the contour of the eye.
The inner corner of the damaged left eye is preserved; also the earlobes and a small remain of the head cloth’s lap on the bottom right.
Such idealized royal representations are thought to be sculptor’s models which served to divulge the standard canon throughout the country. Some finding contexts also suggest that they may have been trial pieces, and also used as votive or cult objects.
For a related head, cf. item no. 399 in: Hermann Schlögl. Geschenk des Nils. Ägyptische Kunstwerke aus Schweizer Besitz. Basel 1978.
Limestone
Egyptian, 30th Dynasty to early Ptolemaic Period, ca. 4th to 3rd century BC
H. 5.3 cm (2.1 in)
H. with stand 9 cm (3.5 in)
Fragmentary, excellent execution. Bridge of the nose chipped. Remains of sinter close to the earlobes.
Ex collection of the Stuttgart artist Rudolf Yelin, acquired during his travels in the 1950s. Thence German art market.

The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.