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This Egyptian theme was unusual in Victorian sculpture. The technique is also unusual, as there are jewels set into the headdress. The base has imitation enamels, and the patina is a bright green. The figure was first displayed on a bronze column with a lotus flower capital. It is one of a series of statuettes of nudes that Ford made in the 1880s. Henry Tate bought this sculpture from Ford in March 1890 for 700 guineas, a large sum. The Singer and Leighton's Sluggard displayed nearby were the only sculptures included in the foundation gift from Sir Henry Tate in 1897.

April 2009