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Rare Egyptian Gypsum Relief!

Rare Egyptian Gypsum Relief!

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1248495

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Relics of the Nile is pleased to present this very rare Egyptian relief. Unlike most reliefs that were composed of sandstone or limestone, this relief is is composed of gypsum. The relief features a standing deity to the left in profile. To his right is a papyrus column and an offering scene featuring an outstretched arm touching the man god. Above the offering is an Eye of Horus and the procession is observed by a very detailed lion at the base. Gypsum was used to plaster the pyramids and it was an easier medium to work with due to ease of fracture and lower hardness, however for that reason fewer examples survive today. This piece has been restored from original fragments. Much of the original scene remains and the figures are still presented in remarkable detail! The relief comes from the Roman period and measures 9.5" wide by 9" tall. The piece is presented in a custom display stand, which brings the overall display height to 13". This is a beautiful and rare example. Egypt, Ptolomaic - Roman Period.