Egyptian Gazelle Dinner Plate from The Met Museum


The golden detailing on this porcelain dinner plate nod to an ancient Egyptian head ornament (ca. 1479-1425 B.C.) in The Met collection. With Near Eastern influences, this gold diadem is embellished with colorful carnelian, opaque turquoise glass, and decayed crizzled glass, as well as two delicate gazelle heads, fashioned with exquisite naturalism. Women affiliated with the king would have worn such lustrous adornments in rituals honoring the goddess Hathor, sponsor of music, joy, and young women.

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