Uraeus statuette from a frieze
New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18, Amenhotep III or l
Height x width: 19.6 x 5.4 cm (7 11/16 x 2 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Wood, plaster, paint
Not On View
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. A yellow painted sun disk sits atop the cobra’s head, which is painted blue and yellow. Large, bulging eyes have red pupils and dark blue sockets. Deep incisions carved from eye sockets back over to the upper hood. The body, painted red, blue and yellow, is rigidly straight, rather than reared back. Left half of disc and body broken and mended.
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)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way