Ancient Egypt, Ptolemaic period, ca. 332 to 305 BCE. A lovely bronze repousse ornament of rounded form featuring a central head of an Egyptian god or goddess, possibly Hathor, the goddess of music, love, dance, and motherhood, and one of the oldest Egyptian deities dating back to the Old Kingdom period (ca. 2686 to 2181 BCE), flanked by three vertical dashed lines on either side, representing a headdress or nemes. Crowned by short bangs, the fascinating visage presents with an arched brow, sunken eyes, a wide nose, and a full-lipped mouth positioned slightly open and smiling. Two bean-shaped ears are placed high on each side of the ancient deity's head. The bottom periphery is decorated with several petite tabs. An object of decorative ornament consisting of three sunburst-like lines terminating in orbs adorns the area below the divinity's face. A pair of drill holes are at the top of the piece for attachment or suspension. Size: 2.7" W x 2.875" H (6.9 cm x 7.3 cm)
Provenance: ex-Phoenicia Holyland Antiquities; ex-New York City gallery, New York, USA acquired in May 2013; ex-New York City, New York, USA collection acquired in the 1990's
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Professionally cleaned and polished. Slight bending to overall form, otherwise intact and excellent. Beautiful patina with lustrous surfaces throughout.