Votive Relief of a King

Votive Relief of a King

305-246 BC

Limestone

Overall: 13.6 x 8.9 x 1.8 cm (5 3/8 x 3 1/2 x 11/16 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1914.665

Description

Trial pieces—carved on limestone flakes, or ostraca—and sculptors' models allow us to see how the ancient Egyptian artist approached his work. Showing the profile of a king in relief, this piece is a masterpiece in its own right, and was probably meant to be copied.

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