Profile inlay of a royal figure

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Blue head from a composite relief inlay on a piece of furniture or shrine. Molded and cut. Body (Ptolemaic-Augustan) of black, yellow and white in opaque red matrix; figure wrongly assembled.

Historical period(s)
Dynasty 18, New Kingdom, ca. 1539-1295 BCE
Medium
Glass
Dimensions
H (overall): 7 cm (2 3/4 in)
Geography
Egypt
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1909.539a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Glass
Type

Inlay figure

Keywords
Egypt, man, molding, New Kingdom (ca. 1539 - 1075 BCE)
Provenance

To 1909
Giovanni Dattari (circa 1858-1923), Cairo, Egypt, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Giovanni Dattari in 1909 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See S.I. 189, Miscellaneous List, Egyptian Glass, pgs. 1 and 18, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. This piece is part of a collection of glass that was purchased en bloc and includes 1,388 specimens (for further purchase information, see the folder for F1909.332).

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Giovanni Dattari (C.L. Freer source) 1858 - 1923

Description

Blue head from a composite relief inlay on a piece of furniture or shrine. Molded and cut. Body (Ptolemaic-Augustan) of black, yellow and white in opaque red matrix; figure wrongly assembled.

Label

From the New Kingdom (ca. 1539-150;1075 B.C.E.) onward, Egyptian artisans used glass to fashion small objects such as jewelry, amulets, and miniatures. They also combined glass with other materials, often metal or wood. Colored glass inlays formed in molds adorned a variety of objects, including jewelry, furniture, and coffins.

This type of glass inlay could be used to decorate many kinds of objects, from jewelry to furniture and coffin inlays. This particular example, if it was intended to be a royal portrait, was probably used as part of an item of jewelry.

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter. A Collector's Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egypt. Washington and London, 2002. p. 110, fig. 4.16.
  • Richard Ettinghausen. Ancient Glass in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1962. p. 7, fig. 1.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum