Egyptian Limestone Relief of an Owl
An ancient Egyptian limestone relief sculptor's model of an owl, standing on a ground line to the right with its head turned forward.
Late Period - Ptolemaic Period.
Similar owl plaques were often made in ancient Egypt. Their interpretation is debated as either being used as sculptor's models or as votive offerings. Although they could be used for training students and many were done by them, some of the plaques were clearly the work of master sculptors and are among the most beautiful representations of owls in ancient Egypt.
Formerly in a New York private collection; previously in a Swiss private collection, acquired in 1987.