4 June 2008
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF
ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 1ST-3RD CENTURY A.D.
Preserving the right-most portion, sculpted in high relief with a sacred cobra facing right, the body undulating, the head raised with the hood spread, a bundle, perhaps representing a basket, tied on his head with two trailing streamers, the scales indicated by a pattern of raised knobs, the hood with incised details, the eye circular
11½ in. (29.2 cm.) high
Collected by Gustave Jéquier (1868-1946).
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For reliefs depicting the sacred serpent, Agathodaimon, often paired with Isis-Thermouthis, see nos. 6ff. in Dunand, "Agathodaimon" in LIMC.
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