Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 26th to 31st Dynasty, ca. 664 to 332 BCE. A petite applique of a circular form that is shaped from a sheet of 83% gold (equivalent to 18K+ gold). Presented in repousse on the front of the applique is a bust of a right-facing pharaonic figure that wields a heka scepter in one hand and a Pschent double crown atop his head. Though the exact identity of this figure remains a mystery, the Pschent crown signifies that this individual was bestowed with the rule of both Upper and Lower Egypt as a pharaoh. The primary purpose of mummy appliques was to have certain deities protect them during their journey into the afterlife, and a pharaoh - also known as a god-king - was meant as an earthy protector who worked in conjunction with the ethereal gods of the Egyptian pantheon. Size: 0.7" W x 0.625" H (1.8 cm x 1.6 cm); 1.55" H (3.9 cm) on included custom stand; quality of gold: 83% (equivalent to 18K+).
Provenance: ex-Harlan J. Berk collection, Chicago, Illinois, USA, acquired between 1960 and 1970
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