1070-712 B.C., 3rd Intermediate Period,
Bronze, red and blue glass
Inlaid Figure of a Goddess
This bronze figure of a goddess or divine consort, stands with her left leg slightly advanced, and wears a traditional tight-fitting dress, the skirt of which is inlaid in a pattern that may represent a beaded overskirt. The hem, the waistband, and the two straps of the bodice are inlaid with coloured glass. Wearing the remains of what possibly was an ‘atef’ crown. The woman’s long wig is incised and inlaid, representing decorative elements threaded on the tresses. This figure has a high, narrow waist, from which a long continuous line joins the hips to the low-slung curve of the thighs. Her beautiful face is round and broad, with intricately inlaid eyes.
Given the timelessness of her costume and the lack of a name or other inscriptions, the figure can only be dated only on the basis of its style, which is fortunately quite distinctive.
Previously with Piero Tozzi (1882-1974) Galleries, New York.
Sold at: Antiquities and Islamic Art, Sothebyâ€™s, New York, 18thÂ June 1991, Lot 17.
With David Aaron Ltd, acquired from the above sale.
Antiquities and Islamic Art, Sothebyâ€™s, New York, 18thÂ June 1991, Lot 17.