Ancient Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 26th to 31st Dynasty, ca. 664 to 332 BCE. A beautiful statue depicting a female concubine, hand-carved from hard wood, standing with delineated feet atop an integral rectangular plinth. The nude figure has ample hips and a slightly concave abdomen, holds her left hand atop her pubic area, and displays a black-painted pectoral collar above her voluptuous breasts. Recessed triangular eyes, a thin mouth, a triangular nose, and full cheeks comprise her serene countenance, all framed between a rounded coiffure and bangs. Egyptian wooden sculptures are exceedingly rare due to the typical rapid decomposition of organic materials when placed inside tombs, and this fine patina-covered example is of no exception! Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 2.625" W x 9.25" H (6.7 cm x 23.5 cm); 10.625" H (27 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s
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Losses to areas of base, nose, and mouth. Minor nicks and abrasions to base, legs, body, arms, and head, with fading to applied pigmentation, and light abrasions. Nice earthen deposits and great brown patina throughout.