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Sculptor's Trial Piece

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1969W1945
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient Egypt


Sculptors often prepared trial pieces in soft stone as a practice before they began work on the final statue. This one depicts the head of a Ptolemaic king. It was made at a time when there was increasingly Greek influence on Egyptian art; it possibly represents a deliberate attempt to preserve native Egyptian artistic traditions.

Presented by the Trustees of the Wellcome Trust, 1969.

Further Information

Production Period:Ptolemaic
Place of Origin:Egypt
Place of Excavation:Egypt


Height:120 mm
Width:100 mm
Depth:50 mm