Limestone sculptor's or apprentice's trial piece, worked on both sides.
The front is carved in high relief with the right side of the head of a king wearing a nemes headdress with uraeus. Faint lines have been carved into the surface of the limestone to provide a grid within which the portrait could be carved more accurately. The reverse is more roughly carved with the outline of the right side of the head of a king, with left arm outstretched.
Circa 350 BCE.
Notes:The possible source is the temple of Ptah at Memphis. Ptah was the god of craftsmen and his temple workshops set standards for all craftsmen.
|Type of object:||Sculpture|
|Type category:||Sculpture in the round|
|Style/Period:||Graeco-Roman Period, Ptolemaic Period|
|Discovery site:||Graeco-Roman Period, Ptolemaic Period|
|Current accession number:||-|
|Former accession number:||WEL 230|
|Record date:||Mon, 5th Nov 2001|
|Copyright:||Copyright© by the Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved|