AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN CARVED AND PAINTED LIMESTONE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A ROYAL PRINCESS, POSSIBLY OLD KINGDOM, 6TH DYNASTY, CIRCA 2345 - 2181 BC, wearing a finely sculpted zig-zag patterened wig centering a remnant of the uraeus diadem, above delicate facial features, with traces of black pigment in crevices of hair and outlining the elegant eye details, mounted on a modern gilt metal stand. Height: 3 3/4" NOTE: The fine yet minimal details found in this head are idealized yet represent such unique features that it represents a person. The combination of the short wig style (popular during the 6th Dynasty), makeup lines, Uraeaus remnant and the careful attention to physical details point to that of a young princess or concubine of the 6th Dynasties Old Kingdom period. Provenance: Purchased from Le Pere Associates, New York, New York circa 1985; by decent current owner Houston, Texas.
Good condition for an archaeological item of this age, use, materials and original location, including but not limited to; expected chips and flaking throughout, light and deep scratches, lacking most of nose and uraeaus diadem above forehead, traces of black and some red pigments, dust buildup and excavation soil in crevices throughout.
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