A SMALL BRONZE HATHORIC WIG

A SMALL BRONZE HATHORIC WIG


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Bronze: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1332511

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Late Period, 30th Dynasty, c. 380-342 BCE

This wig would have originally belonged to a small composite statue. It depicts a hathoric wig, so named due to its association with the Egyptian goddess Hathor. The hair is parted in the middle and split into three part, two are placed over the shoulders and curled at the ends with the third section falling down the back. This hairstyle and its depiction in art first became prominent in the Middle Kingdom and was revived during the 30th Dynasty of the Late Period. It most likely belonged to a statue of Hathor herself or a women of high status.

In excellent condition.

Height: 55 mm (2.16 inches); Width: 48 mm (1.89 inches)

Height with stand: 105 mm (4.13 inches)

Custom Display Stand, Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.

Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Examples of similar miniature bronze figure fittings can be found in The British Museum, London and The Metropolitan Museum, New York.

Bibliography:

Russmann, Edna R. ed., “Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Musuem” (London, 2001)

Capel, Anne K., et. al., “Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven: women in ancient Egypt” (New York: 1996)

Villing, Alexandra; et. al, “Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt” (London, BM, 2013)