A terracotta head of the Egyptian Hermes, broken from a flask and probably of bust form. The head is beardless, with tightly curled hair; within the hair, above the temples, are small wings, and a lotus petal is set over the brow. The mouth of the flask, with a carinated profile and two small handles, rises from the top of the head. Made in a two-piece, or possibly three-piece, mould. Orange-brown Nile silt, with many white inclusions which have caused much spalling of the surface. Brown slip overall. Probably related to Memphis Black Ware.
- Found/Acquired: Fayum
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Fayum)
- Height: 8.9 centimetres (max)
- Width: 4.4 centimetres (max)
- Depth: 4.9 centimetres (max)
Purchased: Greville J. Chester. Perhaps found in the Fayum.
Ptolemaic, second or first century BC.
Bibliog. Hayes 1997: pl. vi, left.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA66675
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