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Double-Sided Votive Relief

Double-Sided Votive Relief

305-30 BC

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Limestone

Overall: 8.3 x 6.5 x 1.4 cm (3 1/4 x 2 9/16 x 9/16 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1914.666

Description

Trial pieces—carved on limestone flakes, or ostraca—and sculptors' models allow us to see how the ancient Egyptian artist approached his work. Showing a wild dog's head on one side and a profile figure on the other, these pieces are masterpieces in their own right, and were probably meant to be copied.

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