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Archeological Object

Bust of a female statue


Bust of a female statue

This bust was part of a full-length statue, as one can determine by the visible fracture at the waist. The figure has a back pillar decorated with a vertical inscription:
" Perfect God, food for Egypt, lord of the offers, who gives life to the Two Lands, King of Upper and Lower Egypt ...."
The inscription is abruptly broken off, but certainly to the title "King of Upper and Lower Egypt" would have followed the cartouches with the names of the Pharaoh, who dedicated the statue.
From the inscription it is possible to deduce that the sculpture represents a goddess, as this type of text was engraved on statues of deities that were consecrated by the sovereign. Unfortunately one cannot determine which divinity it is not only due to the lack of her name, but also the absence of characteristic iconographic elements.
The goddess is depicted with a tripartite wig with thin vertical grooves that represent the locks of hair and is wearing a close-fitting dress held up by suspenders and a broad collar with thin incised lines.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 438
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Unknown
Object
  Class and ware: Sculpture
  Title or subject:

Bust of a female statue

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: New Kingdom - XX Dynasty
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Height: 53
  Varie: Conservation status: the lower half of the body has been lost and in the face there are empty spaces. The breast has vertical cracks, the right arm is missing, while the left is broken at the elbow.
Bibliography
  Bibliography:

1983, Donatelli L., “La raccolta egizia di Giuseppe Acerbi”, Mantova, pp.39-41.