Uraeus statuette from a frieze
New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18, Amenhotep III or l
Height x width: 20 x 5 cm (7 7/8 x 1 15/16 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. Only traces of paint remain, comparison with others in 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. Part of disc broken off and missing; remaining top portion chipped.
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