Limestone Head of the Goddess Hathor

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late period, 664-332 B.C.
Material: Limestone
Dimensions: 12.6 cm high
Price: 6 800 Euro
Ref: 1128
Provenance: French private collection, acquired on 13 November 1982 at gallery Carrefour in Paris. With a handwritten original expertise by Claude Vérité. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: Large fragment of fine quality.
Description: Finely worked limestone head of the goddess with a triangle face and widely protruding cow ears. The eyes are delicately engraved with long eyeliners. Hathor, goddess of love, but also of dance and drinking, wears a parted wig, which cascades over her shoulders. The limestone head is possibly to be understood as a sculpture model. Hathor’s face portrayed en face often decorated column capitals and not least the sistrum, a kind of rattle, which was rather used for ritual acts than for playing music, was dedicated to her.