Category: sculpture

Young woman carrying offerings on her head (…

Young woman carrying offerings on her head (wood, height: 180 cm), dated back to Middle Kingdom, ca. 2055-1650 BC. Now in the Louvre.

Statues of pharaohs, Karnak Open-Air Museu…

Statues of pharaohs, Karnak

Open-Air Museum, Luxor

Sculpted head of a veiled woman Known as …

Sculpted head of a veiled woman

Known as La Dame d’Alexandrie, and similar to many Ptolemaic royal portraits, her identity has yet to be conclusively established. The hair is dressed in cork-screw curls beneath a veil. 

Greek marble. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC. Now in the Graeco-Roman Museum, Alexandria. Photo

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Cleopatra? Probably not

Cleopatra? Probably not

Carved from the hard purple and white stone porphyry, and with eyes originally inlaid with black and white glass, this burst can only be from an image of a royal person or god. The uraeus serpent brow identifies it as a royal depiction, while the long tripartite wing is worn by goddess. We are looking at the bust of a queen.

The serene style of the face is typical of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, while porphyry was only used used for sculpture in the Roman period. Could this be the famous Cleopatra VII, last ruler of an independent Egypt before its conquest by Rome? Denya Bower, who acquired this piece in the 1950s, certainly thought so, and exhibited it as such. The odds are against it, however, she doesn’t resemble securely known images of Cleopatra VII. via reddit

Marble statue of the Goddess Isis. With sistru…

Marble statue of the Goddess Isis. With sistrum and the ankh (key of life). It leans on a pilaster that has the inscription of the L. Cecilio Febo. Roman work in archaic style. From the Temple of Isis, Pompeii, ca. 41-54 BC. Now in the National Archaeological Museum, Naples. Photo via oldportalen

Seated statue of Osiris, seated and holding cr…

Seated statue of Osiris, seated and holding crook and flail (bronze and gold). Late Period, ca. 664-332 BC. Now in the Louvre.

spiritsdancinginthenight: Tutankhamen’s Great-…

spiritsdancinginthenight:

Tutankhamen’s Great-Grandfather And Great-Grandmother

Pharaoh Thothmes IV, and Tiaa, his queen, an incomparably beautiful black granite group, discovered at Karnak and now a treasured possession of the Cairo Museum.  The coiffure of the queen, two heavy masses of hair falling down the sides of her face to her breast, calls for special notice.  The statue of the king, believed to be a good portrait, shows a powerfully built man in the full vigour of youthful strength. On his head is the royal uraeus, and around his loins the shenti, kept in place by a buckled belt.

halftone print, 1923.

Image of the solar god Amun-Re in the form of …

Image of the solar god Amun-Re in the form of a ram, detail of a wall relief from Karnak Temple, Luxor

Statue of Ramesses II and his daughter Merit…

Statue of Ramesses II and his daughter Meritamen, usurped by Pinedjem I (High Priest of Amun at Thebes, de facto ruler of the south of the country during) and his daughter Maatkare Mutemhat, detail. New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty. The Highly sacred precinct of the god Amun-Re, Karnak Temple Complex.

The smaller copper statue of Pepi I Meryre, ca…

The smaller copper statue of Pepi I Meryre, ca. 1900

Pepi I Meryre (reigned 2332–2287 BC) was the third king of the Sixth dynasty of Egypt.

Copper statue of Pepi I or perhaps his son Merenra Nemtyemsaf I, from Hierakonpolis. Photograph Onbekend