Bronze Aegis Head of Hathor

Culture: Egyptian
Period: 26th dynasty, 664-525 B.C.
Material: Bronze, glass
Dimensions: 5 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 1327
Provenance: French private collection Joseph Altounian (1890-1954), acquired prior to 1917 from Mihjos Dimitriou. The small head is mentioned in Joseph Altounian’s notes of 29 October 1917 as “Tête de bronze égide égyptien”. Since then in a family estate. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: Some minor wear on the uraeus crown. The right wig lobe with a hole for an old mounting. Mounted modern with an affixed pin under the wig.
Description: High-quality small bronze head of the goddess Hathor, which once crowned a bronze aegis. The goddess with very fine features, the eyes with inlays of white glass paste. She wears a tripartite wig, allowing the ears to be visible, as well as the pulled on vulture cap with hanging wings on the sides. On the back two claws are recognizable, each with a shen ring, a symbol of protection. She carries a kalathos with a wreath of uraei on the head. Mounted.