Egyptian Queen Bust

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Egyptian Queen Bust

39.00

This is a copy of an Egyptian Head sculpture. The original can be seen at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, Scotland.

Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) was a wealthy Glasgow ship owner and he and his wife, Constance, Lady Burrell gifted his collection of over 9,000 works of art to Glasgow in 1944.

Burrell established his collection of art and artefacts over many years. This Egyptian sculpture like many of his acquisitions was bought from a dealer on the antiquities market and therefore has no provenance history.

Although we have no provenance, the piece itself gives some clues as to its history. The original sculpture is black in colour, most likely made of black Basalt, a popular material of the period.

The subject of the sculpture wears a "Vulture Cap", an item synonymous with sovereignty in Ancient Egypt. In Egyptian mythology, vultures were symbols of femininity and maternal protection.  The headdress, worn by the Queens of Ancient Egypt has associations with Nekhbet, the patron of the Pharaoh and later Mut, the maternal goddess.

Other features of the head are the scroll and Hathor wigs which were popularly worn by Queens in the late 18th Dynasty, which is around the same period the curators of The Burrell Collection date the piece, circa 1400 BC.

Height 20cm

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