Inv. n°: MMoCA448

Egyptian Bronze Uraeus (Forepart of Rearing Cobra)

With sun-disc on its head, symbol of royal protection. Skin rendered by short parallel strokes. Cast with blank spaces on the hood for coloured inlays now lost, and U-shaped fitting for attachment to another (wooden?) item. The cobra-goddess Wadjet of Lower Egypt was one of the two mythological protectors of the Pharaoh.

h. 13 x w. 3 cm

mid-1st millenium BC



  • Ex private collection, Berne
  • Mrs. Lotti Vautravers collection, Bremgarten, Switzerland, 1960-1970
  • Acquired at Cahn Auktionen AG, Muenchenstein, Switzerland, 21st September 2009, lot 117


  • Cahn Auktionen AG, 18th September 2009, lot 67
  • P. Clayton, "Ancient Egypt" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France, 2011, p. 46, fig. 21
  • C. Dauphin, Animals in the Ancient World. The Levett Bestiary, Levett Collection Series 2, France, 2014, p. 35 and 86
  • C. Dauphin, Les Animaux dans le Monde Antique. Le Bestiaire Levett, Serie Collection Levett 2, France, 2016, p. 17, fig. 14 and 77


  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from June 2011
  • Animal, Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, 26th February 2016 — 1st May 2016

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