Statuette of a Royal (?) Woman with the Cartouches of Necho II on her Arms

Period: Late Period, Saite

Dynasty: Dynasty 26

Reign: reign of Necho II

Date: 610–595 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: H. 24 × W. 5.6 × D. 5.4 cm (9 7/16 × 2 3/16 × 2 1/8 in.)

Credit Line: Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915

Accession Number: 30.8.93

Description

The cartouches of Necho II embossed on the upper arms, as well as the slight smile and heavy breast, date this nude figure to Dynasty 26. Her elongated limbs and bobbed wig, however, betray an interest in Old Kingdom art frequently noted in Dynasties 25 and 26. The woman is cast in solid silver, with her wig and jewelry made separately. Silver statuettes are extremely rare, and this figure was probably dedicated in a temple or placed in the tomb of a member of the royal family.

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