Egyptian wooden Uraeus – cobra – late period, c. 300 BC
Egyptian wooden Uraeus (cobra) carving, shown full length in a magical entwined shape, the head & hood rearing at the top. Late period, 746-332 BC
27cm including stand
Provenance: from an old Australian Collection. According to the Story of Re, the first uraeus was created by the goddess Isis who formed it from the dust of the earth and the spittle of the sun-god. The uraeus was the instrument with which Isis gained the throne of Egypt for her husband Osiris, and remained a symbol of Royalty.