Egyptian Bronze Uraeus

Egyptian Bronze Uraeus

An ancient Egyptian bronze uraeus, a rearing cobra with recessed areas under the hood to receive inlays, probably once attached to the frontal headdress of a statue.

Late Period, ca. 700-30 BC.
Height: 2 1/4 in. (5.5 cm).

The Uraeus, a rearing cobra, was used as a symbol of sovereignty, royalty, divinity in ancient Egypt. It was often placed on the front of crowns worn by the Pharaoh and various gods and goddesses.

cf. for a similar example: Brooklyn Museum, inv. no. 16.735.

Formerly in a New York private collection, purchased from Harmer Rooke Galleries in 1988.

Inv#: 5931

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