A Parian figure of an Egyptian woman fetching water.
This uncommon figure depicts a naked young woman dipping a jug into a stream to draw water. She supports herself on a tree stump. Her beautifully curled and braided hair and her headdress suggest she is a noble Egyptian woman from the time of the Pharoahs. Her only jewellery is a single ankle ring. The material and style of the figure suggest it is English, late 19th century, although it could be of later date from the Egyptian revival of the 1920s. Height: 23cm (9¼“)
Contemporary Egyptian women drawing water were a subject in Romantic paintings of the Victorian era (cf US artist Frederick Arthur Bridgman , French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme , Austrian artist Hans Makart).
Condition: Excellent. There are specks of kiln dust on the ground and a firing line round the base of the jug.
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