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Egyptian Priest

130 - 140. Basalt, Marble.
Galería Jónica Planta Principal Norte

This statue and its pair (E00414) were found in the area of the Egyptian sanctuaries at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, near Rome. Cardinal Camillo Massimo (1620-1677), their first owner following their rediscovery, had them reconstructed from fragments of various sculptures. This figure holds a whip, which is an attribute of Egyptian priests. The two sculptures probably decorated an artificial grotto used for grand nocturnal banquets.


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Egyptian Priest
Pencil on paper, Mid-XVIIIcentury
Ajello, Eutichio
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Roman Sculptor
Egyptian Priest
130 - 140
Basalt; Marble
Height: 165 cm; Width: 50 cm; Base/bottom: 40 cm; Weight: 244.2 Kg
Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli; Collection of Cardinal Camillo Massimo (Massimi), Rome; Colección VII marqués del Carpio, Rome, 1676-1682; Collection of Casa de Alba, Madrid; Royal Collection (Collection of Felipe V, 1728; Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, 1746; Palacio de Aranjuez, 1790)

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Schröder, S. y Elvira Barba, M. A., ''Eutichio Ajello (1711-1793) y su descripción de la célebre Real Galería de San Ildefonso'', Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXIV, 2006, pp. 40-88.

Beaven, Lisa, An ardent patron. Cardinal Camillo Massimo and his antiquarian and artisctic circle: Giovanni Pietro Bellori,Claude Lorrain,Nicolas Poussin, Diego Velázquez., P.Holberton-C.Estd.Europa Hispánica, Londres Madrid, 2010, pp. 267-273 [272].

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Cross of Burgundy or Cross of Saint Andrew, collection’s mark belonging to Felipe V. Base

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Galería Jónica Planta Principal Norte (On Display)

Update date: 04-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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