Carved Egyptian porphyry
Height 10cm (3 7/8")
Diameter 19cm (7 1/2")
This work is currently being shown by Adrian Sassoon, London.
This wonderful stone has a special place in my work since being given permission to extract stone from the Imperial quarries in Egypt nearly 30 years ago to make sculpture for the new Opera House in Cairo. With its transition from Roman Imperial exclusive use to its use after Constantine in Christian contexts, its symbolism is assured.