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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 x 4.7 cm (7 1/2 x 1 7/8 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 probably originally used as a frieze in a private tomb. This example was 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.


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