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Egyptian Two-Sided Limestone Plaque - X.0010
Origin: Egypt
Circa: 3 rd Century BC to 2 nd Century BC
Dimensions: 4.875" (12.4cm) high
Collection: Egyptian
Medium: Limestone

Additional Information: SOLD. Art Logic--Safani Gallery Inc. (New York) 2003

Location: United States
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This limestone plaque depicts a man facing right on both sides. On one side, the man wears a garment with a simple rounded neckline and a skullcap. He has a delicately rendered ear, a frontal almond-shaped eye, elegant nose, slightly smiling lips, and rounded cheeks. The image on the other side is more roughly carved and is oriented at a 90-degree angle to the first side. Only the left half of this figure remains, from just above his lips to the chest. Although traditionally called sculptors' models or trial pieces, some scholars have suggested that these objects were in fact ex-votos. Otherwise, it is believed that such works functioned as aids for apprentices to learn the art of sculpting step by step before embarking upon royal commissions where one mistake could mean disaster. Similar plaques were unearthed in what are thought to have been artist workshops, thus their identification as models. It would be unlikely that a wall panel would have been carved on both sides. Today, these plaques give us unique insight into the creative process behind some of the most endearing and enduring artworks ever created by mankind. - (X.0010)


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