‘The Finding of Moses’ – An Important Florentine White Marble Figural Group, by Pietro Bazzanti on a carved Rosso Levanto Pedestal.
Incised to the base ‘P. Bazzanti , Firenze’.
The sculpture depicts the Pharaoh’s daughter in classical dress and wearing the Egyptian Vulture headdress, holding the infant Moses who plays with strings of pearls around her neck.
This finely carved figure by Bazzanti, epitomises the romantic historicist style popular in the last quarter of the 19th century. The figure of the Pharaoh’s daughter is identified by her striking and finely modelled headdress. The vulture headdress became an attribute of Egyptian royal women in the Old Kingdom, originally linking the queen with Nekhbet, the tutelary goddess of Upper Egypt, and came to underscore the divinity of queenship.
Italian, Circa 1870.
Total Height 230 cm / 91 inches
Height figure 150 cm / 59 inches
Height of pedestal 80 cm / 32 inches
Maximum width of pedestal 66 cm / 26 inches