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Ancient Egyptian Limestone Relief with a Swallow

Ancient Egyptian Limestone Relief with a Swallow

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1431040
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This is a nice ancient Egyptian limestone relief plaque with a swallow.
These limestone pieces often identified as sculptors models because many of them include grid lines and other traces of the artist’s technique. But in recent times, some scholars prefer to interpret these objects as ex-votos, or votive objects, and in this case, the image of the swallow might have been dedicated to the sun god or the goddess Ises. The bird is closely connected with both deities.

For comparable sparrow on a trial piece see:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession number: 11.155.11 and 07.228.9
Bonhams, Antiquities, 28. October 2009, Lot 96

Date: Egypt, Late Period - Ptolemaic Period, ca. 400 - 30 B.C.
Material: Limestone
Size: ca. 12 cm x 11 cm
Condition: intact as a fragment
Provenance: German collection, prior private French (Paris) collection, formed ca. 1960/70

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This item is accompanied with an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.