Egyptian Middle Kingdom Stone Statuette of a Woman
Period: Middle Kingdom, ca. 2030 – 1640 B.C.
Dimensions: H: 24.1 cm (9.5 in) - W: 5.3 cm (2.1 in)
Ex- Koeller private collection, Berlin, 1968;
The Gilbert collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts, acquired in Paris, 6 October 2006.
The statuette represents a feminine figure standing in a strictly frontal position, with feet posed on a small base. The figure wears a slinking long robe to her ankles, placed perfectly in relief on her sinuous and very feminine form. In particular, one notes the very fine rendering of the chest, paired with rounded buttocks. Two tresses descend onto the shoulders, while the hair at the back presents a large rectangular mass. Forms, proportions, and facial traits and style are typical of Egyptian statuaries from the Middle Kingdom.
The Gilbert Collection: by Phoenix Ancient Art, New York, 2019, no. 23
La Biennale, Grand Palais, Paris, 11-17 September 2019;
PAD London, Berkeley Square, London, 30 September 6 – October 2019;
Salon Art + Design, Park Avenue Armory, New York, November 2019