11 December 2003
THE PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. & MRS. LEO S. BING
AN EGYPTIAN BROWN QUARTZITE BUST OF A QUEEN
New Kingdom, Dynasty XIX-XX, 1307-1070 B.C.
Wearing a tightly-fitted sheath and long tripartite braided wig, which intersects the back pillar at the level of the breasts, the wig fronted by a uraeus, its body undulating along the crown of the head, her left arm bent at the elbow, the fisted hand holding a now-damaged attribute, her modelled face with idealizing features, including natural brows, hieroglyphic eyes and a straight mouth with full lips
9 3/8 (23.8 cm.) high
Collected by the owner in the 1920s-1940s.
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For the style of the figure and its proportions compare the figure of Nefertari in a pair statue in the Louvre, no. 139 in Seipel, Gott-Mensch-Pharao, Viertausend Jahre Menschbild in der Skulptur des Alten Ägypten.
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