Description & Technical information

The head of the goddess is shown above a broad decorated collar with winged scarab pectoral. She wears a striated tripartite wig, headdress with diadem of uraei and frontal uraeus crowned with the sun disc and cow's horns, the whole surmounted by a separately cast sun-disc and cow's horns (one horn tip broken). Traces of gilding survive on the face and the eyes are inlaid with stone.

Period:  Antiquity
Origin:  Egypt
Medium: gilt-bronze
Dimensions: 19.5 cm (7⁵/₈ inches)
Provenance: Collection of Mrs Elias-Vaes (1908-2002), The Netherlands, acquired in the 1960s or early 1970s; With Rupert Wace Ancient Art; Private Collection, London, acquired 2012
Literature: Published: Rupert Wace Ancient Art, 2012, no. 14.

A parallel, though lacking the horns and sun disc, is illustrated in Werner Kaiser, 'Ägyptisches Museum, Berlin' (Berlin, 1967) no. 821-2. For a related example see Madeleine Page-Gasser and Andre Weise, with Thomas Schneider and Sylvia Winterhalter, 'Égypte, Moments d'éternité. Art égyptien dans les collections privées, Suisse' (Mainz, 1998) pp. 256-259, no. 171B.
Categories: Classical & Egyptian antiquities