|IMPORTANT EGYPTIAN LARGE LIMESTONE FIGURE OF A ROYAL LADY
Striding on a rectangular base, her arms held to her sides, and wearing a long close-fitting dress and a headdress that echoes the nemes.
Later Ptolemaic Period, 2nd-1st Century BC
H. 23 3/4 in. (60.3 cm.)
Ex collection of Jan van der Werff (1901-1988), Delft, acquired ca. 1950s then by descent.
For related statues of the mid Ptolemaic and early Roman periods cf. S. Albersmeier, Untersuchungen zu den Frauenstatuen des ptolemaeischen Aegypten, Mainz am Rhein, 2002, pls. 68a, 69a (Cleopatra of Egypt, Age of the Ptolemies, Brooklyn, 1988, cat. 28), 71a-b, and 74a-d, statues in Cairo, Brussels, Paris, and Cairo respectively.
A relief from a tomb at Sakkara (Cambridge no. 5/1909), dating to the 30th Dynasty, shows a goddess nursing the tomb's owner and wearing a wig which could be a prototype for the wig the present figure wears.
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