Jun 19, 2007
Jun 19, 2007

Temple Relief of a Deity

Temple Relief of a Deity

360–246 BCE


Overall: 47.3 x 41 cm (18 5/8 x 16 1/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1972.45



The almond-shaped eye, snub nose, full cheeks, smiling mouth, and ball.shaped chin are characteristic of Dynasty 30 and the early Ptolemaic Dynasty, when a bolder, fleshier, more three-dimensional style of modeling was introduced. A favorite form of temple decoration during this period was a row of seated deities. This figure was the last in a row of gods facing right, for directly behind him is a dividing line and the slight remains of the vulture headdress, wig, and shoulder of a seated goddess, evidently the last in a row facing the opposite direction. At either end of the complete scene was probably a standing figure of the king presenting offerings.

See also
Egypt - Greco-Roman
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