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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Description:

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.
Object details
Type of object: Sculpture
Type category: Sculpture in the round
Material: Limestone
Width: 97 mm
Height: 113 mm
Depth: 28 mm
Origin
Style/Period: Graeco-Roman Period, Ptolemaic Period
Date range: -
Discovery site: Graeco-Roman Period, Ptolemaic Period
Environment:
Creator
Technique:
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
Copyright: Copyright© by the Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved