Head of Ibex in Egyptian Blue . Egypt - New Kingdom 18th Dynasty
Possibly Amenhotep III 1390 - 1353 B.C.
Provenance : Succession of Dr. Girard, Clermont Ferrand, 1968
Ibex head finial from a cosmetic spoon or cosmetic dish, in light blue “Egyptian blue” composition.
Egyptian blue was produced from "glass" (baking with a fondant of copper ore, siliceous sands, limestone rocks). It is considered the first synthetic pigment.
The ibex or Nubian ibex is a wild animal of the desert present in the front line in hunting pictures, it is perfectly recognizable by its imposing crenellated horns rolled up towards the back.
It should be remembered here that the ibex horn has a notion of renewal, rebirth, regeneration of life. There are many toiletries using the ibex as iconography or for form. These objects served to rejuvenate the person, make him more beautiful.
Often the ladies of the court were buried with their usual small furniture that was moved at the time of the funeral so that they could accompany their owners in their life beyond.