Description & Technical information

The elegant narrow eyes, with extended cosmetic lines set with their bronze pupils intact, the whites would most likely have been represented with inlaid stone. The eyes would originally have been inlaid into a sarcophagus mask or life sized statue to give a more lifelike appearance.

Period:  Antiquity
Origin:  Egypt
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: 10.6 cm (4¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: Collection of Christopher Terry, Cumbria, acquired 1970s - 80s
Literature: For a similar example, complete with inlays, see a pair of eyes in the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta, as illustrated in P. Lacovara and B Teasley Trope (eds.), 'The Realm of Osiris: Mummies, Coffins, and Ancient Egyptian Funerary Art in the Michael C. Carlos Museum', Atlanta, 2001, p. 33.
Categories: Classical & Egyptian antiquities