Egyptian Limestone Head “Sculptor’s Model”

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Ptolemaic Period, 3rd century B.C.
Material: Limestone
Dimensions: 10 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 1189
Provenance: French private collection, at least since the 1970s based on the old mount, acquired in a French auction house.
Condition: Fragment
Description: Limestone relief of a man, possibly once serving as a model in a sculptors workshop. The face with fine features and meaty lips. Remains of the uraeus above the forehead suggest that the head was a work basis for a royal bust. Sculptor’s models cause controversy in the research world. While some experts see them as a sculptor’s classical work basis, others assume that they are work samples, cult objects or votive offerings. Mounted.