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Uraeus statuette from a frieze

New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18, Amenhotep III or l
1390–1295 B.C.


Height x width: 19.6 x 7 cm (7 11/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, plaster, paint

Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

One of a group of eighteen similar uraeus statuettes, varying slightly in size, probably originally used as a frieze in a private tomb. Carved from a single piece of wood, then plastered and painted. Color heavily worn away, but comparison to others from the group suggests yellow painted sun disk atop the cobra’s head, which was painted blue and yellow. Large, bulging eyes with red pupils and dark blue sockets. Traces of dull green paint as well. Deep incision carved from eye sockets back over to the upper hood. The body, originally painted red, blue and yellow, is rigidly straight, rather than reared back. Piece broken from right shoulder and missing.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way