This statue of a woman is one of the rare examples of lay statuary in bronze, and its big size makes it even more unusual. Even though bronze objects are known to have been made during the Middle Empire (around 2060-1786 B.C.), it is only in the Late Period, especially during the 22nd Dynasty, that the art of bronze was fully developed, as demonstrated by the very large number of small statuettes representing divinities.
This upright woman, in a walking stance, wears a short, curly wig and a closely-fitting dress. The forms recall the art of the Old Empire, a typical feature of this period. Both body and wig were cast in one single piece, using the "cire perdue" method; the arms, which were cast separately, have disappeared.
Purchased in 1933.
Reproduction in hand patinated resin
- H. 42,5 L. 10 P. 10 cm
H. 16.73" W. 3.94" D. 3.94" - 4.9 lbs
- Material of the original
- Circa 946-720 B.C., 22nd dynasty
- Paris - Musée du Louvre
- Woman, Egypt
- Art movement
- Egyptian Antiquities