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William Vaughn Tupper Scrapbook Collection
On the Nile. Cairo to Luxor.
4098B.104 v31 (p. 39)
Tupper, William Vaughn
Scrapbooks; Albumen prints
1 photographic print mounted on page : albumen ; page 33 x 39 cm.
Scrapbook page contains one photograph of an external relief of Cleopatra. The annotation included on this page describe the a famous relief of Cleopatra. Also discussed is early Egyptian women's fashion as well as early Egyptian sculpture techniques.
" The famous external bas-relif of Cleopatra is on the back of the Temple. This curious sculpture is now banked up with rubbish for its better preservation, and can no longer be seen by travellers. It was however admirably photographed some years ago by Signo Beati. Cleopatra is here represented with a headdress combining the attributes of three goddesses, namely the Vulture of Maut ( the head of which is modelled in a masterly way), the horned disk of Hathor and the throne of Isis. [ It was uncovered when we were there] The falling mass below the headdress is intended to represent hairdressed in the Egyptian fashion in an infinite number of small plaits. The women of Egypt and Nubia wear it so to this day, and unplait it, I am sorry to say not oftener than once in every eight or ten weeks. It is difficult to know with work of this period where decorative sculpture ends and portraiture begins. the introduction of the royal cartouche of Cleopatra seems to indicate that a portrait was intended. Large allowance must be made for conventional treatment. The fleshiness of the features and the intolerable simper are common to everyhead of the Ptolemaic period. The ear too is pattern work and the drawing is ludicrous of the figure. Mannerism apart however the face wants for neither individuality nor beauty. cover the mouth and you have almost a faultless profile the chin and throat are also quite lovely, while the whole face suggestive of cruelty , subtlety and voluptuousness carries with it an indefinable impression not only of portraiture but of likeness." Amelia B. Edwards. ; "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale, her infinte variety- Other women clay, The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies." -Shakespeare.
Page description supplied by cataloger, derived from captions and/or annotated information.; Page contains handdrawn images of the Horned disk of Athor, Vulture of Maut, and the Throne of Isis.
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