Size: 9" x 4.5"
Material: Filled Resin
c. 500 200 BC
This beautiful bust of an Egyptian Pharaoh is a testimony to
the skill and artistry of an ancient sculptor. Carved from scarce
red granite, this bust was probably placed in a tomb of a high
functionary to give the deceased greater stature in the afterlife.
The royal head cloth, or nemes, surmounted by the royal cobra,
uraeus, identifies this as a Pharaoh. The stone bridge under
the chin was originally used to support a false beard. The calm,
regal features remind us that he was looked on as a god. Even
in the Ptolemaic era Pharaohs still retained their divine right.
Cleopatra was the last of the Ptolemies.