Sala Egizia

Fragment of bell-shaped capital

Inv. Scu 25 The fragment, coinciding with the upper part of a bell-shaped capital carved with vegetal decoration, consists of three upper rows of Egyptian palmette leaves with long longitudinal ribbing. Papyrus-leafed capitals, often combined with lotus blossoms, were very…

Sphinx

Inv. Scu 33 The Sphinx, carved from a single block of red granite of Assuan, is depicted crouched with its front paws extended and its rear paws under its body. It is wearing the nemes which originally was combined with…

Cynocephalus (Baboon)

Inv. Scu 32 This statue, carved from a single block of grey granite, depicts a cynocephalus, in other words a baboon, an ancient Egyptian deity associated with Thot. The baboon is seated on its hind legs, with the fore-paws resting…

Hawk

Inv. Scu 31 The hawk, carved from a single block of black granite, well smoothed and without any indication of plumage, is depicted here with its feet on the ground and wings closed on its tail. It is the most…

Sphinx of Pharaoh Amasis II

Inv. Scu 35 The sphinx, carved from a single block of brown basanite, with the body of lion and human head, is depicted as usual crouching with its front paws (now missing) stretched forward and its hind paws under its…

Cynocephalus

Inv. Scu 2937 The statue, carved from a single block of grey marble (Bardiglio di Carrara), depicts a baboon (cynocephalus) seated with its fore paws legs resting on its knees; the sex is visible between the wide-apart rear legs. The…

Crocodile

Inv. Scu 24 The crocodile, resting on a plinth, is carved from a single block of pink granite and is depicted with great naturalism. The crocodile is the incarnation of Sobek, the Egyptian god associated with the waters and floods…

Large bell-shaped vase (krater)

Inv. Scu 29 This krater represents an exceptional case in the production of Roman Egyptianizing works of art: on the one hand in fact, depictions and content are typically Egyptian; on the other, shape and decoration refer to more proper…