Sculptor's trial piece

Sculptor's trial piece
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Sculptor's trial piece
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Sculptor's trial piece
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Sculptor's trial piece
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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.

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.
Object details
Type of object: Sculpture
Type category: Sculpture in the round
Material: Limestone
Width: 97 mm
Height: 113 mm
Depth: 28 mm
Style/Period: Graeco-Roman Period, Ptolemaic Period
Date range: -
Discovery site: Graeco-Roman Period, Ptolemaic Period
Personal name: -
Role: -
Culture: Egyptian
Record data
Artworld id: 00007
Current accession number: -
Former accession number: WEL 230
Credit line: -
Recorded by: LW
Record date: Mon, 5th Nov 2001
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