Mar 27, 2007

Votive Relief of a King

Votive Relief of a King

305–246 BCE


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



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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