An Egyptian Wooden Figure of Uraeus, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE


$750 USD

The upright Uraeus cobra bearing the red sun disk on its head, the snake painted orange-brown with dark brown details, a peg at the bottom for upright insertion.

From the earliest dynasties the upreared cobra, the uraeus, was the emblem of royalty, worn on the pharaoh's forehead to signify his kingship and divinity. As a goddess she was the eye of the sun, spitting fire at the king's enemies. The uraeus was among the amulets depicted in both the MacGregor papyrus and the Osiris complex at Dendera.

Dimensions: Height: 3 1/8 inch (8 cm)

Condition: With losses to the polychrome and minor surface losses, intact.

Provenance: RDA private collection, acquired from the NY trade as part of a collection assembled in the 1970's and 1980's.