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Plaque of a Female Figure

The vulture headdress over the wig and the vulture costume wrapped around the dress—the bird's body and tail are visible at the level of the forearm—identify this figure as a goddess, or a queen in the guise of a goddess. Although the plaque's full-figured ideal of feminine beauty had harbingers in earlier Egyptian art, it was most at home in the Ptolemaic Period.

Catalogue Description:
Gold plate repousse silver panel showing a queen or goddess in a feather garment and a feather headdress and wearing an engraved broad collar. Probably part of an incrustation for a shrine or other piece of furniture.

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