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.
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.