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Relief plaque/trial piece showing a Queen or the Goddess Isis wearing a Vulture headress

Ptolemaic Period circa 305 - 30 B.C.


5 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches {irregular}

Provenance: Early British collection

See another similar relief with the more fleshy treatment of the nose and mouth, Bas relief portrait of Cleopatra in The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

The vulture headress became an attribute of royal women in the Old Kingdom, originally linking the queen with Nekhbet, the tutelary goddess of Upper Egypt, although it came to be associated with other goddesses. When worn by royal women, the headress was likely intended to underscore the divinity of the queenship. Though princesses holding religious office and noblewomen were portrayed in the vulture cap during the New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period, its use was again limited to queens and goddesses in the Ptolemaic era.


Goddess Mut


Egypt, 22nd Dynasty

bronze with traces of inlay

5 1/4 inches high

Purchased from David Noorian, November 1928

by descent






Mosaic, tragic mask of a queen, possibly Queen Dido of Carthage

Roman, circa 1st-2nd century A.D. in an 18th century mount
11.5 x 9 inches {mosaic dimensions}
Provenance: Hon. James Smith Barry {1816-1856}, Marbury Hall
by descent
Published: Catalogue of the Art Treasures at Manchester, 1857, item 23a



Large Roman glass perfume vessel


Eastern Empire. 1st - 2nd cent. AD

7 3/4 inches high/19.8 cms
Still containing traces of its original perfume


Byzantine perfume flasks


Eastern Mediterranean, 9 - 12th cent. AD showing Islamic influence

4 inches high/10 cms

Consisting of two glass perfume flasks w/ aplicator. One flask has its original seal and contains perfume.

All are contained in a textile pouch which also shows Islamic influence


Ptolemaic Figure of Horus

Ptolemaic Statue of Horus


18 x 13 8.5 inches

William Tilden Blodgett, 1823 - 1875, acquired whilst living in Europe and traveling to Egypt where he also spent time acquiring art for The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He was a founding member and the first Chairman of the Museum.

The Horus Falcon passed down through the Blodgett family to the great grandson, Stephen Whitney Blodgett, Jr  


Flemish alabaster Scupture of Mary and Baby Jesus


High relief of Mary and the Christ Child


Northern Europe, possibly Germany

17th century

7.25 x 6.75 inches