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A Romano-Egyptian plaster funerary female head
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A Romano-Egyptian plaster funerary female head
Circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D.
The black gesso-painted face with inlaid white eyes with 'black' glass pupils, the short curly hair surmounted by a headdress, 21cm high
Footnotes:
Provenance:
Private collection, England.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 12 April 2000, lot 59, (part lot).
Private collection, Belgium, acquired from the above sale.

Much like the wax based painted mummy portraits, these plaster portraits give us a glimpse of the individual faces of the Egyptians and the Roman influences over their hairstyles and fashion. These faces would have been made from a mould with individual details added in later in paint, stone, or with additional plaster and gilding.
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A Romano-Egyptian plaster funerary female head

Estimate £3,000 - £5,000
Jul 07, 2022
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Starting Price £2,200
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0055: A Romano-Egyptian plaster funerary female head

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Est. £3,000 - £5,000Starting Price £2,200
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Lot 0055 Details

Description
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A Romano-Egyptian plaster funerary female head
Circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D.
The black gesso-painted face with inlaid white eyes with 'black' glass pupils, the short curly hair surmounted by a headdress, 21cm high
Footnotes:
Provenance:
Private collection, England.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 12 April 2000, lot 59, (part lot).
Private collection, Belgium, acquired from the above sale.

Much like the wax based painted mummy portraits, these plaster portraits give us a glimpse of the individual faces of the Egyptians and the Roman influences over their hairstyles and fashion. These faces would have been made from a mould with individual details added in later in paint, stone, or with additional plaster and gilding.
This lot is subject to the following lot symbols: *
* VAT on imported items at a preferential rate of 5% on Hammer Price and the prevailing rate on Buyer's Premium.

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