Egyptian Owl - Sculptors master model.
Dimensions - Height -10.2 cm /4 inches
Width - 11.4 cm / 4-1/2 inches
Depth - 5.6 cm / 1-1/4 inches
This is a replica of the best known carving of the Egyptian owl hieroglyph that has ever been found. The details are exquisite and the photos don't even reveal the finest lines involved in the workmanship. The fine lines of the beak are barely visible in the photographs but when you actually hold it in your hands make sure you put it in direct light and let the shadow play reveal yet more detail.
It was carved in high raised relief which allows for great modelling of the features which was typical of the artistry of the Ptolemaic dynasty sculptors.
The fact that it is a neat, almost square abbreviated portion of the owl glyph suggests it was a so called 'sculptors model' or trial piece. I have a few of these in the store at the moment and being a sculptor myself, one can see how beneficial it was to have a prime example of the essential details to look at while transferring the design to a temple wall.
Variations always occur in hieroglyphics with some details either omitted or elaborated upon depending on the era or the mood of the artist on the day. This Ptolemaic example, carved in Egypt's great renaissance period showed the fullness of the design with all possible details present.
Made of a composition stone this piece has an aged ochre colour with an aged patina.
A wire loop on the back allows for a wall display option.
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