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Small Golden Wooden Head

Egypt, Third Intermediate Period (?)

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Reference : 10110
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wood with gold leaf covering
H 7 x W 6.5 x D 6.5 cm

A small wooden head portraying an unidentifiable pharaoh, featuring traces of gold covering its surface. The piece contains a hole in the middle of the forehead, at the base of the simple unadorned headdress used by the figurine, in order to place a Uraeus. The headdress falls onto the forehead, stopping right above the eyebrows, covers the entirety of the ears and stops short slightly under the chin. The piece also features another hole right under the prominent and squared chin for the false pharaoh beard.
The eyes are horizontally stretched and are prominently lined on the top to imitate the practice of kohl lining, which generally extends itself beyond the eyelids and onto the temple. The eyebrows are ever so slightly arched, running past the end of the kohl lining on the temples of the face.
The smooth curves of the head are highlighted by the prominent, fine triangular nasal ridge at the center of the face. The sides of the mouth are arched upwards, creating a mocking smile.
There is a small circular incision on the left side of the neck.
This small wooden head of an unidentifiable pharaoh is hard to date given its stylistic traces that are found within different Egyptian dynasties that remount from the Old Kingdom Period up until the Late Period. We are lead to believe that it most likely dates from a period inferior to that of the Third Intermediate Period given the stylistic choice of representing the canonic afnet wig covering the ears with a surprising length which almost reaches the eyebrows. Such dating is also possible due to the geometrical features of the face, comprised of horizontally stretched eyes, a fine angular nasal ridge, a mouth with a prominent, thick inferior lip giving off a mocking smile, and a square chin.
As for its use, it is possible that it could have belonged to an Egyptian cosmetic spoon, though it is highly unlikely given that we do not know of any object that presented the head of a Uraeus or even a regal ornament. Thus, we are lead to believe that it was part of a small statue most likely covered in gold given the traces of such found on the surface of the object.

For further information on the study performed about the object by Henry LOFFET, feel free to contact us.
Provenance: private french collection

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