16 June 2006
AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE HATHOR HEAD APPLIQUÉ
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 304-30 B.C.
Decorated on one side in low relief with the head of the goddess, her pentagonal face with her cow ears at the widest point, her flat nose with curving nostrils, the elongated eyes inlaid, the pupils recessed to receive now-missing secondary inlays, the brows and cosmetic lines extending horizontally, her voluminous wig composed of thick plaits, their patterning incised, terminating at each end in a spiral, wearing an elaborate broad collar, perforated for attachment
3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high
European Private Collection, prior to 1974.
Swiss Art Market, 1999.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 12 June 2001, lot 207.
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For a related example in bronze with inlaid eyes see no. 55b, pp. 123-124 in Capel and Markoe, eds., Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven, Women in Ancient Egypt.
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