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Auction Description for Auctionata: Ancient Egyptian and Islamic Art from two Important Collecti
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"This auction spans treasures from the Oriental ruling dynasties of bygone times and fascinating art objects that demonstrate the kaleidoscope of rich cultures of the Near and Middle East. It is a showcase of the fine artisan craftsmanship of the Orient, be it in the treatment of wood, glass, ceramic or bronze."

Besides extraordinary statuettes made from bronze and wood further highlights from this auction are without a doubt the well-preserved painted boat from the Middle Kingdom and the wooden Horus falcon from the late to Ptolemaic period. The jade archer's ring from the 17th Century Mughal Empire impresses with a delicate pale green colour. You can look forward to outstanding objects bringing close the worlds of bygone times.

Ancient Egyptian and Islamic Art from two Important Collecti

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November 1, 2013

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Collection of Five Carved Wood Fragments, 8th to 17th C

Lot 1: Collection of Five Carved Wood Fragments, 8th to 17th C

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Description: Carved wood Syria, Egypt and Persia, 8th to 17th Century Partially with colour Carved in relief Flower and animal motifs With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Length: 7 to 13 cm Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This collection comprises five finely carved wood fragments. The small ebony fragment was made in Syria in the 8 υ th Century and is decorated with a floral motif carved in high relief. The small slender wood fragment is of Egyptian origin and dates back to the 11 υ th or 12 υ th Century. It is adorned on both sides with a rosette and scroll. The corner piece of a wooden panel carved with a deer (head missing) is from the same period and region. The narrow, slightly convex fragment with an incised decor, probably part of a box, was also made in the 12 υ th Century probably in Khorasan. It features a red and black lacquer surface, the underside is also coloured in red. A lovely highlight is the elaborately worked wooden panel, probably the side of a box, which is ornamented with a carved image of a bird in branchwood. The background shows residue of red colour. The fragment dates back to 16 υ th or 17 υ th Century Persia. The wood fragments are in fair condition according to their age with colour and material loss. They measure between 7 cm and 13 cm in length. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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2 Glass Flasks and a Glass Fragment, Egypt or Syria, 9th/10th C

Lot 2: 2 Glass Flasks and a Glass Fragment, Egypt or Syria, 9th/10th C

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Description: Glass, partially coloured Egypt or Syria, 9th or 10th Century Molar flask with residue of colour Miniature glass bowl with pentagonal neck Fragment with animal motif in relief Partially with old collection number (F.R. Martin) Height flask: 7.3 cm Height cup: 2.1 cm Width fragment: 5.2 cm Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection The so-called molar flask shows a transparent glass body with a cut geometrical decor in accentuated relief. It rests upon four pointed feet and features an angular faceted neck. One side shows light residue of a turquoise colour. The glass cup is crafted in miniature size. It has a colourless, dice-shaped body with an elongated pentagonal neck. The sides are adorned with little spikes. The fragment from a green glass bowl is decorated with medallions depicting a four-legged animal in relief. The flask is in fair state of preservation according to its age. There are partial chips and a foot is missing. It measures 7.3 cm in height. The miniature cup and the glass fragment well preserved according to their age. The cup measures 2.1 cm in height, the fragment measures 5.2 cm in width. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Carved Ivory Chess Piece, probably Syria, 10th C

Lot 3: Carved Ivory Chess Piece, probably Syria, 10th C

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Description: Ivory Probably Syria, 10tH Century Carved pattern all around Residue of colour With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Height: 4.5 cm Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This chess piece is crafted from fine ivory and elaborately decorated with an abstract pattern all around. Residue of a reddish colour is also still visible in the depths and on the underside. Chess has always been a very popular game in the Islamic world. Originally from India it was introduced during the Sasanian Dynasty and remained predominantly a game for the educated and wealthy elite. Hence the boards and tokens were often made from precious materials such as gold, rock crystal and, as here, ivory. The chess piece is in a fair state of preservation according to its age. There are fine drought cracks all around and along the upper area there is a visible material loss. The chess piece measures 4.5 cm in height. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Eight Little Bronze Charms and Figures, Khorasan, 10th-12th C

Lot 4: Eight Little Bronze Charms and Figures, Khorasan, 10th-12th C

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Description: Bronze Khorasan, 10th to 12th Century Figural decor Partially with old collection number (F.R. Martin) Height: 1.8 to 5 cm Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection These small bronze figures were made in Khorasan, a region in Central Asia between the 10 υ th and 12 υ th Century. The collection comprises a pendant in the shape of a boot, two sculptural standing figures, two figural fittings, a small rectangular mould, a round plaque with a calligraphic inscription as well as a pendant in ovoid shape showing a running dog. Here traces of a reddish colour are visible. Despite their size all pieces are finely chased. All pieces are in a good state of preservation with signs of age and use. They show an appealing partially malachite coloured patina. Some objects show minor material loss. The dimensions range from 1.8 to 5 cm in height. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Six Little Bronze Charms and Figures, Khorasan, 10th-12th C

Lot 5: Six Little Bronze Charms and Figures, Khorasan, 10th-12th C

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Description: Bronze, silver Khorasan, 10th to 12th Century Figural decor Partially with old collection number (F.R. Martin) Height: 2 to 7 cm Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection These small bronze figures were made in Khorasan, a region in Central Asia, between the 10 υ th and 12 υ th Century. The collection comprises a pendant in the shape of a boot, one sculptural standing figure and three figural fittings. Special attention must be drawn to the bronze pin adorned with finely chased silver inlays. Despite their size all pieces are worked with a lovely richness of detail. All pieces are in a good state of preservation with signs of age and use. They show an appealing partially malachite coloured patina. The pin shows minor material loss along the tip. The dimensions range from 2 to 7 cm in height. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Six Little Bronze Pendants and Figures, Khorasan, 10th-12th C

Lot 6: Six Little Bronze Pendants and Figures, Khorasan, 10th-12th C

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Description: Bronze, silver, coloured glass Khorasan, 10th to 12th Century Figural decor Partially with old collection number (F.R. Martin) Height: 2 to 4.5 cm Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection These small bronze figures were made in Khorasan, a region in Central Asia, between the 10 υ th and 12 υ th Century. The collection comprises two figural pendants, one sculptural standing figure, one figural fitting as well as a coin. A lovely highlight is the silver end fitting of a dagger sheath. It is chased with floral ornaments on both sides and adorned with little round glass gems. All pieces are in a good state of preservation with signs of age and use. The bronze objects show an appealing, partially malachite coloured patina. The coin decor shows abrasions. The silver piece shows a crack and minor material loss. The dimensions range from 2 to 4.5 cm in height. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Coloured Wood Fragment in Horse Shape, 10th to 12th C

Lot 7: Coloured Wood Fragment in Horse Shape, 10th to 12th C

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Description: Carved wood Syria or Iraq, 10th to 12th Century Carved in the shape of a horse Residue of red colour With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Length: 19.5 cm Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This carved figural wood fragment was made in Syria or Iraq in the 10 υ th to 12 υ th Century. It depicts a saddled and bridled horse torso, probably part of a wooden frame or box. The animal is given shape in a very stylised manner. Residue of a red colour is still partially visible. Well-preserved wood fragments of this kind are a rare find! The wood fragment is in a good state of preservation according to its age with signs of age and use. The colour is only partially preserved, the wood shows some age-related cracks and minor abrasions. The horse measures 19.5 cm in length. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Fatimid Wooden Fragment with Ivory Inlays, Egypt, 12th C

Lot 8: Fatimid Wooden Fragment with Ivory Inlays, Egypt, 12th C

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Description: Carved wood, ivory Egypt, Fatimid Dynasty, 12th Century Partial inscription Round-shaped ivory inlays With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Dimensions: 1.7 x 10.5 x 5.7 cm Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This fragment of a wooden panel is elaborately carved and decorated with two bands framed by slender trims. Along the upper section part of an inscription in relief is still visible, the lower part is adorned with round-shaped ivory inlays still partially preserved. The wood fragment is in a fair state of preservation. The ivory inlays are only partially preserved, the surface shows visible abrasions and there are age-related cracks. The fragment measures 1.7 cm in height, 10.5 cm in length and 5.7 cm in width. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Terracotta Fragments with Residue of Gilding, Persia, 12th C

Lot 9: Terracotta Fragments with Residue of Gilding, Persia, 12th C

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Description: Terracotta Probably Persia, 12th Century Residue of gilding Partially with coloured glass Length: 1.8 to 3.5 cm Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This small collector's set comprises eight small moulded tiles and various fragments made from terracotta. They show partial residue of colour and gilding as well as coloured glass. All pieces show perforations, which suggest that they might have been worn as pendants or as parts of a necklace. All pieces are in a fair state of preservation according to their age. They show material loss and the original colour and gilding is only partially still visible. The eight square tiles measure 2.7 x 2.7 cm. The five fragments measure between 1.8 cm and 3.5 cm. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Bronze Mirror with Arabesque Decor, Khorasan, 12th/13th C

Lot 10: Bronze Mirror with Arabesque Decor, Khorasan, 12th/13th C

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Description: Bronze Khorasan, 12th or 13th Century Floral relief decor with arabesque motif With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Diameter: 9 cm Weight: approx. 97 grams Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This bronze mirror was crafted in Khorasan in the 12 υ th or 13 υ th Century. It is adorned on one side with a symmetrical decor featuring flowers, foliage and arabesque patterns. There is a little loop in the centre through which the mirror can be attached to clothing. The underside is smoothly polished. The bronze mirror is in a good state of preservation with signs of age and use. It shows partially a beautiful malachite coloured patina, here and there the decor shows light abrasions. The mirror has a diameter of 9 cm and a weight of approximately 97 grams. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Three Ornate Bronze and Metal Mirrors, Khorasan, 12th/13th C

Lot 11: Three Ornate Bronze and Metal Mirrors, Khorasan, 12th/13th C

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Description: Bronze, metal Khorasan, 12th or 13th Century Floral and figural relief decor Partially with old collection label and number (F.R. Martin) Diameter: 5 to 6.5 cm Weight: approx. 27 to 61 grams Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection These three bronze mirrors were crafted in Khorasan in the 12 υ th or 13 υ th Century. The small mirror made of metal has a short handle and shows a symmetrical relief motif. One of the bronze mirrors is decorated with two mythical creatures. The other one features a floral decor with palmettes and foliage, the handle is pierced. The undersides are smoothly polished. The mirrors are in a fair state of preservation with signs of age and use, the decor shows abrasions. The bronze mirrors show a beautiful malachite coloured patina here and there. The metal mirror has a diameter of 5 cm and a weight of approximately 27 grams. The bronze mirror with animal motif has a diameter of 6 cm and a weight of approximately 44 grams. The bronze mirror with handle has a diameter of 6.5 cm and a weight of approximately 61 grams. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Two Bronze Mirrors with Floral Motif, Khorasan, 12th/13th C

Lot 12: Two Bronze Mirrors with Floral Motif, Khorasan, 12th/13th C

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Description: Bronze Khorasan, 12th or 13th Century Floral and figural relief decor With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Diameter: 6.5 cm Weight: approx. 43 to 51 grams Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This two bronze mirrors crafted in Khorasan in the 12 υ th or 13 υ th Century. One mirror has a short handle and shows a finely chased motif in relief with birds and palmettes. The other mirror is adorned with a stylised flower pattern. The undersides are smoothly polished. The mirrors are in a fair state of preservation with signs of age and use, the decor shows abrasions. The bronze mirror with handle shows corrosion and a malachite coloured patina, especially on the back. It has a diameter of 6.5 cm and a weight of approximately 51 grams. The other bronze mirror also has a diameter of 6.5 cm and a weight of approximately 43 grams. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Large Bronze Mirror with Heads in Relief, Khorasan, 12th/13th C

Lot 13: Large Bronze Mirror with Heads in Relief, Khorasan, 12th/13th C

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Description: Bronze Khorasan, 12th or 13th Century Stylised relief decor with heads With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Diameter: 10 cm Weight: approx. 125 grams Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This bronze mirror was crafted in Khorasan in the 12 υ th or 13 υ th Century. It is adorned on one side with five heads in relief surrounded by a stylised flower pattern, the edge is decorated with a braided trim. The underside is smoothly polished. The bronze mirror is in a good state of preservation with signs of age and use. It shows a beautiful patina, here and there the decor shows light abrasions. The mirror has a diameter of 10 cm and a weight of approximately 125 grams. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Three Bronze and Ivory Combs, Syria and Egypt, 12th/14th C

Lot 14: Three Bronze and Ivory Combs, Syria and Egypt, 12th/14th C

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Description: Bronze, ivory Syria and Egypt, 12th and 14th Century Bronze comb with animal motif Beautiful patina With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Dimensions bronze comb: 6.5 x 7.5 cm Dimensions ivory combs: 10.5 x 9.5 cm; 11 x 4 cm Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection The bronze comb, made in Syria or Egypt in the 14 υ th Century is a real little highlight. In the centre it is decorated with engraved animal motifs on both sides. The front side features a lion-like mythical creature surrounded by a floral decor, the reverse shows a dog, a fox and two birds. The comb has a very appealing patina shimmering in various nuances. In addition there are two fragmentary ivory combs which show residue of a central ornamentation. They date back to 12 υ th Century Egypt and also have a beautiful age-related patina, giving them a particular charm. The bronze comb is in a good state of preservation according to its age, some teeth are missing. It measures 6.5 x 7.5 cm. The ivory combs are heavily damaged. They measure 10.5 x 9.5 cm and 11 x 4 cm respectively. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Four Bronze Fragments and Buckles, Khorasan, 10th-13th C

Lot 15: Four Bronze Fragments and Buckles, Khorasan, 10th-13th C

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Description: Cast bronze Khorasan, 10th to 13th Century Relief decor Simurgh motif Partially with old collection number (F.R. Martin) Dimensions: approx. 2 x 3 cm Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection These four bronze elements were made in the 10 υ th to 13 υ th Century in Khorasan, a region in Central Asia. One plaque shows a human figure with a sceptre and crown. One buckle is chased with an abstract decor whilst the other one shows a mythical creature in relief. The bronze fragment shows a similar creature. The latter is a simurgh, a peaceful creature with the head of a dog, the claws of a lion and the wings of an eagle. In Persian mythology the simurgh is said to have endless knowledge and considered to be the mediator between the sky and the earth. The bronze fragments and buckles show signs of age and use and are partially damaged. They measure approximately 2 x 3 cm. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Two Bronze and Steel Animals 'Deer and Duck', 12th and 16th C

Lot 16: Two Bronze and Steel Animals 'Deer and Duck', 12th and 16th C

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Description: Steel, cast bronze Syria and Persia, 12th and 16th Century Padlock with bronze and silver damascene With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Height deer: 4.5 cm Height duck: 5 cm Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This finely worked cast bronze deer head was probably mad in Syria in the 12 υ th Century. It shows an appealing, age-related patina, which bestows the object with a particular charm. The padlock in the shape of a duck originated in Persia and was made from steel in the 16 υ th Century. It features delicate bronze and silver damascene, which are still visible on the front side. Both objects are in a fair state of preservation according to their age. The deer head seems broken off and shows material loss, it measures 4.5 cm in height. The padlock shows heavy corrosion all around, the foot of the duck is warped. It measures 5 cm in height. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Stucco Fragment with Palmette, probably Persia, 13th C

Lot 17: Stucco Fragment with Palmette, probably Persia, 13th C

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Description: Stucco Probably Persia, 13th Century Delicately moulded Palmette motif Dimensions: 10.5 x 9.5 cm Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This fragment of a stucco relief was probably made in Persia in the 13 υ th Century and features a floral motif with a palmette. Stucco, moulded and carved into a variety of forms, has always been a popular material in Islamic architecture. Due to the plasticity of the medium stucco reliefs and trims were often decorated with floral and arabesque designs. The stucco fragment is in fair condition according to its age. In the right hand side along the edge a small piece was glued. It measures 10.5 x 9.5 cm. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Ilkhanid Bronze Hinge with Foliage Decor, Persian, 14th C

Lot 18: Ilkhanid Bronze Hinge with Foliage Decor, Persian, 14th C

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Description: Bronze Persia, Ilkhanid Dynasty, 14th Century Foliage decor in relief With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Length: 18.5 cm Weight: approx. 139 grams Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This bronze hinge dates back to the Ilkhanid Dynasty and was crafted in Persia in the 14 υ th Century. Of curved form it is extensively adorned with a foliage motif in relief, the outer ends are designed in the shape of palmettes. The hinge is in fair condition according to its age with signs of use, one end has broken off. It shows an appealing partially malachite coloured patina. The hinge measures 18.5 cm in length and has a weight of approximately 139 grams. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Round Bronze Weight with Lion in Relief, 13th/14th C

Lot 19: Round Bronze Weight with Lion in Relief, 13th/14th C

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Description: Bronze Syria or Egypt, 13th or 14th Century Lion with duck-bill tail in relief Diameter: 5 cm Weight: approx. 62 grams Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This round bronze weight dates back to the 13 υ th or 14 υ th Century and was crafted in Syria or Egypt. It features a prowling lion with a duck-bill tail depicted in relief. The weight is in good condition according to its age and shows an appealing patina. It has a diameter of 5 cm and a weight of approximately 62 grams. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Four Cast Bronze Weights with Animal Depictions, 13th-14th C

Lot 20: Four Cast Bronze Weights with Animal Depictions, 13th-14th C

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Description: Cast bronze Probably Egypt, Syria, Persia, 13th to 14th Century Figural depictions Cast in relief Some with old collection number (F.R. Martin) Diameter: 3.7 cm; 5 cm Height: 3.5 cm; 4 cm Weight: 59 to 156 grams Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection These four cast bronze objects are probably weights. One piece, probably from 13 υ th Century Egypt, shows a lion modelled in relief. Another one, in triangular form with the image of a bird, was probably made in Syria dating back to the 14 υ th Century. The roundel depicting a deer surrounded by foliage was also made in the 14 υ th Century. Completing the set is a small round weight with two heads in profile. The four weights in a good state of preservation with light material loss. They weigh between 59 and 156 grams. The two roundels have a diameter of 3.7 and 5 cm respectively. The other two pieces measure 3.5 and 4 cm in height. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Three Ornamental Wooden Moulds, Egypt & Persia, 12th-19th C

Lot 21: Three Ornamental Wooden Moulds, Egypt & Persia, 12th-19th C

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Description: Carved wood Egypt and Persia, 12th to 19th Century Floral motifs Delicate patterns With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Dimensions: 5.1 cm (diam.); 6.1 cm (l); 8.6 cm (l) Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This set includes three finely carved wooden moulds. The printing block is chiselled with symmetrical palmettes and was made in Persia in the 18 υ th or 19 υ th Century. The small roundel, carved in high relief, probably dates back to the 14 υ th Century and shows residue of a red colour. The small wooden fragment is also carved in high relief. It dates back to 12 υ th Century Egypt and features a decorative cartouche band. The three moulds are in a good state of preservation according to their age with signs of age and use. They show minor chips and the roundel shows visible cracks. The printing block measures 2.1 cm in height, 6.1 cm in length and 8.7 cm in width. The roundel has a diameter of 5.1 cm and a height of 2.4 cm. The small wooden fragment measures 1.8 cm in height, 8.6 cm in length and 1.6 cm in width. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Bronze Mould with Birds and Simurghs, Persia, 14th C

Lot 22: Bronze Mould with Birds and Simurghs, Persia, 14th C

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Description: Cast bronze Persia, Ilkhanid Dynasty, 14th Century Bird and simurgh motif Foliage decor Dimensions: 1.7 x 8.5 x 6 cm Weight: approx. 534 grams Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This trapeze-shaped bronze mould dates back to 14 υ th Century Persia and was crafted during the Ilkhanid period. On the front it features a vertically mirrored depiction of two birds and two mythical creatures, so-called simurghs, in front of a foliage background. In Persian mythology the simurgh is a creature with the head of a dog, the claws of a lion and the wings of an eagle said to have endless knowledge and considered to be the mediator between the sky and the earth. The mould shows visible signs of age and the decor shows partial abrasions. It shows an appealing partially malachite coloured patina. The model measures 1.7 cm in height, 8.5 cm in length and 6 cm in width. It weighs approximately 534 grams. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Kundan Jade Archer's Ring, Mughal Empire, India, 17th Century

Lot 23: Kundan Jade Archer's Ring, Mughal Empire, India, 17th Century

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Description: Pale green jade India, Mughal Empire, 17th Century Floral decor in kundan technique Inlaid emeralds and spinels Height: 4.2 cm Ring size: 67 Very good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This magnificent archer's ring dates back to 17 υ th Century India. Made from a pale green jade it features a floral decor in the so-called kundan technique. Fine gold tendrils form little flowers inlaid with emeralds and spinels. Rings of this typical form were worn by archers on their thumb to protect the latter when drawing the bow string. Decorative rings of this kind were worn on a sash or a turban. A ring with the same floral motif can be admired in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The ring is in a very good state of preservation according to its age. There are only minor chips along the edge and some tiny nicks on the gems. The ring measures 4.3 cm in height and the ring size is 67. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Fine Safavid Watered Steel Plaque, Persia, 17th Century

Lot 24: Fine Safavid Watered Steel Plaque, Persia, 17th Century

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Description: Steel Persia, Safavid Dynasty, 17th Century Quatrefoil shape Arabesque decor With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Diameter: 14.7 cm Weight: 119 grams Very good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This watered steel plaque was made in Persia in the 17 υ th Century during the reign of the Safavid Dynasty. The quatrefoil shape shows in the centre a pierced and finely cut arabesque decor. The typically interlacing foliage has been a favourite motif in Islamic art since the 9 υ th Century. Plaques of this kind were used as decorative door fittings and hung above doorways. Cut-steel panels were very popular in the 16 υ th and 17 υ th Centuries in Persia, but only few exist nowadays in such beautiful condition. A plaque with a similar decor is in the David Collection in Copenhagen. The plaque is in a very good state of preservation according to its age. There are minor traces of corrosion. It measures 14.7 cm in diameter and has a total weight of approximately 119 grams. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Safavid Steel Pendant with Tassels, Persia, 17th/18th C

Lot 25: Safavid Steel Pendant with Tassels, Persia, 17th/18th C

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Description: Steel, tassels Persia, Safavid Dynasty, 17th or 18th Century Arabesque decor on the back With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Diameter (without tassels): 9.5 cm Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This pendant was made in Persia in the 17 υ th or 18 υ th Century during the Safavid Dynasty. It features a sober design, decorated with a concave Rosette in the centre and pierced along the top. On the back a finely chiseled arabesque decor is partially visible. The pendant is hung with a row of crimson tassels and was probaböy worn as jewellery on garments. The pendant is in a good state of preservation with some signs of age and use. There is corrosion, especially on the back. There are also traces of soldering where two loops have been added. There is another loop on the top so the piece can be worn on a necklace. The pendant has a diameter (without tassels) of 9.5 cm. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Ornamental Steel Hook and Buckle, Persia, 17th C

Lot 26: Ornamental Steel Hook and Buckle, Persia, 17th C

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Description: Steel, bronze Persia, Safavid Dynasty, 17th Century Ornamental decor partially with gold background With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Diameter: 7.5 cm; 8 cm Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection Both steel objects date back to 17 υ th Century Persia. The karabiner hook is decorated with pierced ornaments attached to a steel sheet with small bronze rivets. The three-piece buckle is crafted in the shape of two birds' heads with bronze inlaid eyes and adorned with open-work foliage and a chased bird with spread wings on both sides. Both plaques are in a good state of preservation with signs of age and use. They have an appealing patina and show only minor traces of corrosion. The hook measures 7.5 cm in length, the buckle measures 8 cm. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Two Safavid Steel Belt Buckles, Persia, 17th/18th C

Lot 27: Two Safavid Steel Belt Buckles, Persia, 17th/18th C

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Description: Steel, gold Persia, Safavid Dynasty, 17th or 18th Century Ornamental decor partially with gold background With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Diameter: 3.2 cm; 5 cm Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection These two ornamental steel plaques were crafted in Persia during the Safavid era in the 17 υ th or 18 υ th Century. They were probably used as belt buckles made from a pierced steel face attached with rivets to a second steel sheet. The round buckle with scalloped edges, shows five lines of inscription - a verse from the Qu'ran - in naskhi , an Arabic calligraphic script. The smaller palmette-shaped plaque is adorned with foliage. It features a still partially preserved background in gold. Both plaques are in a good state of preservation with signs of age and use. They have an appealing patina and show traces of corrosion as well as minor material loss along the edges. The round buckle has a diameter of 5 cm, the small of 3.2 cm. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Collection of 5 Weaponry Fragments, Bukhara/Persia, 16th-18th C

Lot 28: Collection of 5 Weaponry Fragments, Bukhara/Persia, 16th-18th C

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Description: Wood, brass, leather, textile, turquoise, coloured glass Bukhara, Persian and Turkey, 16th to 19th Century Delicately chased arabesque decorations Partially open-work decor Scabbard with inscription 'sahib mohammed reza' Some with old collection number (F.R. Martin) Length sheaths: 18 cm; 40 cm Length axe heads: 14 cm Length quillons: 13.5 cm Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This impressive collector's set comprises a leather-covered wooden scabbard with brass fittings made in the 18 υ th Century. It is adorned with a pierced decor featuring flowers and foliage. On the lock it is inscribed 'sahib mohammed reza' and the top is gemmed with turquoise and coloured glass inlays. The two Safavid steel axe heads from the 16 υ th and 17 υ th Centuries are chased with an arabesque foliage and palmettes, one is decorated with birds. The steel quillons, probably from 18 υ th Century Persia, is extensively embellished with gold damascene ( koftgari ) in the shape of delicate blossoms and tendrils. The small Ottoman leather sheath, also dating to the 18 υ th Century, is covered with textile on the inside and richly embroidered on the outside. All pieces are in a good state of preservation with signs of age and use. There are minimal traces of corrosion here and there and minor material loss. The scabbard measures 40 cm in length. The axe heads measure 14 cm in length. The quillons measures 13.5 cm in length and the leather sheath measures 18 cm in length. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Safavid Sword-Sharpener with Inscription, Persia, 17th C

Lot 29: Safavid Sword-Sharpener with Inscription, Persia, 17th C

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Description: Steel, bronze Persia, Safavid Dynasty, 17th Century Open-work decor With inscription Total length: 87 cm Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This steel sword-sharpener was crafted in Persia in the 17 υ th Century. The rectangular blade is engraved with an inscription framed by floral ornaments. The faceted handle features open-work sections on top and bottom. A chain with loose bronze and steel rings is attached to the handle. The sword-sharpener is in a good state of preservation with signs of age and use. It has an appealing patina and shows traces of corrosion as well as some minor material loss to the open-work decor. The period chain might have been a later addition. The sword-sharpener measures 33 cm in length, inclduing the chain 87 cm. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Safavid Steel Powder Measure, Persia, 17th/18th C

Lot 30: Safavid Steel Powder Measure, Persia, 17th/18th C

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Description: Steel Persia, Safavid Dynasty, 17th or 18th Century Partially open-work decor With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Length: 13.5 cm Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This powder measure was crafted in Persia in the 18 υ th or 19 υ th Century during the Safavid Dynasty. The octagonal, tubular body is adorned with a finely pierced decor on the top and bottom. Due to a loop it can be attached to garments or belts. The powder measure is in a good state of preservation with light signs of age and use. It shows an appealing patina and only minor traces of corrosion as well as minimal material loss to the open-work decor on the top. It measures 13.5 cm in length. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Indo-Persian Bronze Censer in the Shape of a Lion, 17th/18th C

Lot 31: Indo-Persian Bronze Censer in the Shape of a Lion, 17th/18th C

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Description: Patinated bronze Indo-Persian, 17th/18th Century or possibly earlier In the shape of a lion Pierced decor in arabesque form Beautiful, authentic patina Height: 19 cm Weight: 867 grams Good condition Provenance: from a German private collection This bronze incense burner is of Indo-Persian origin and was crafted in the 17th or 18th Century, possibly earlier. It is designed in the shape of a mythological lion. The latter is shown in an upright, alert position with its tail, shaped like a large split palmette, rising over the body. The wild cat's fur features a finely pierced decor. Thanks to a small hinge the head can be tilted back to open the vessel. Censers of this kind served to perfume clothes and rooms and were also used during spiritual ceremonies. The censor is in good condition with light signs of age and use showing a malachite coloured patina here and there. The hinge pin is a later addition. It measures 19 cm in height and has a weight of approximately 867 grams.

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Three Steel Calligrapher's Scissors, Persia, 17th-19th C

Lot 32: Three Steel Calligrapher's Scissors, Persia, 17th-19th C

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Description: Steel, gold Persia, 17th to 19th Century Partially pierced decor Traces of gilding Some with old collection number (F.R. Martin) Length: 15.3 to 23 cm Weight: approx. 23 to 147 grams Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This set comprises a large pair of scissors, crafted in Persia in the 17 υ th Century, with a curved open-work handle. Traces of a noble gilding are visible. In addition there are a small pair of scissors with a finely pierced decor and a slender, sober pair of scissors. Both were made in 18 υ th or 19 υ th Century Iran. The concave blades are characteristic of so-called calligrapher's shears used to cut and shape the paper of important letters. The shears are in a good state of preservation with the usual signs of age. There is minor corrosion, the large scissors show visible abrasion to the gilding. The small scissors measure 15.3 cm in length and have a total weight of approximately 23 grams. The medium-sized scissors measure 22.8 cm in length and have a total weight of approximately 54 grams. The large scissors measure 23 cm in length and have a total weight of approximately 147 grams. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Gold-Damascened Steel Scissors with Signature, Persia, 18th C

Lot 33: Gold-Damascened Steel Scissors with Signature, Persia, 18th C

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Description: Steel, gold Persia, late Safavid, Zand or early Qajar Dynasty, 18th Century Gold-damascened inscription with signature Figural handles in the shape of animal heads With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Length: 26.5 cm Weight: approx. 264 grams Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This elegantly shaped pair of scissors was made in Persia in the 18 υ th Century during the late Safavid, Zand or early Qajar Dynasty. It features a beautiful decor. The large round handles are decorated with animal heads. On both sides there is a gold-damascened inscription with the maker's signature 'Hadji Muhammad', an open-work palmette is attached below. The hollowed blades suggest that the scissors were probably part of a calligrapher's writing set used to cut and shape the paper. Especially at court letters were often elaborately decorated and the sculpting of the paper was an integral part of the art of calligraphy. The scissors are in a good state of preservation with the usual signs of age. There is minor corrosion and a little colour loss along the gold damascene. The scissors measure 26.5 cm in length and have a total weight of approximately 264 grams. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Small Carved Wood Kashkul, Persia, late 18th Century

Lot 34: Small Carved Wood Kashkul, Persia, late 18th Century

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Description: Auction announcements 30 October 2013 Lot 34: The correct islamic date of this Kashkul is "1213 Hidjra". Carved wood Persia, late 18th Century Signed 'Sepahi-zadeh al-Sayyed Khalil Dede' Dated '213 Hidjra' Inscription as a call to God With old collection label and number (F.R. Martin) Length: 16 cm Good state of preservation according to age Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This well-preserved wooden kashkul begging bowl in typical nutlike form is extensively carved all-over with inscriptions and foliage. The underside is adorned with a five-pointed star, a symbol for the five pillars of Islam. The inscription 'la fata illa 'ali la sayf illa dhu'l-faqar' - a call to God, Muhammad and the Twelve Imams - translates into 'There is no youth [as brave as] 'Ali, no sword [as sharp as] dhu'l-faqar '. The sword, given by the prophet Muhammad to his son in law Ali ibn Abi Talib is one of the most important symbols in Shi'ite belief and it is attributed with magical powers. The kashkul bowl is signed 'work of Sepahi-zadeh al-Sayyed Khalil Dede' and dated '[1] 213 AH/1798-9 AD'. Begging bowls of this kind were used by so-called dervishes, Sufi ascetics, to collect alms. These mendicants had chosen a life in poverty and modesty rejecting any kind of material wealth. The begging bowl is in a good state of preservation according to its age. The underside shows a hole and the reverse shows a burn mark. On the inside there is an old collection label with number. The bowl measures 16 cm in length. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Pair of Steel Tongs with Delicate Pierced Decor, 18th C

Lot 35: Pair of Steel Tongs with Delicate Pierced Decor, 18th C

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Description: Steel, silver Persia, Safavid Dynasty, 18th Century Floral silver damascene Open-work decor With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Length: 32 cm Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection These elongated steel tongs dating back to 18 υ th Century Persia are probably coal tongs. They are forged in a very delicate manner. On both sides extensive silver damascene forms a fine foliage decor. The lower section is pierced ending in two palmette-shaped tips. An open-work loop on a hinge is attached to the top. The tongs are in a good state of preservation with signs of age such as traces of corrosion all around. They measure 32 cm in length. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Steel Medallion with Birds and Flowers, Persia, 18th C

Lot 36: Steel Medallion with Birds and Flowers, Persia, 18th C

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Description: Steel Persia, 18th Century Fine bird and flower motif Delicate chasing With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Diameter: 5 cm Weight: approx. 62 grams Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This slightly convex steel medallion was made in Persia in the 18 υ th Century. Is features a very delicately chased depiction of four birds surrounded by branches and blossoms. There is a slender wave-shaped trim running along the outer edge. The pendant is in a good state of preservation with light signs of age such as light corrosion. There are two small perforations. It has a diameter of 5 cm and a weight of approximately 62 grams. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Bronze Weight with Floral Relief Decor, Mughal Empire, 18th C

Lot 37: Bronze Weight with Floral Relief Decor, Mughal Empire, 18th C

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Description: Bronze Probably India, Mughal Empire, 18th Century Flower and leaf decor With old collection number (F.R. Martin) Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.4 x 5.2 cm Weight: approx. 280 grams Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This bronze panel presumably of Indian origin is probably a weight. Crafted in the 18 υ th Century. It is adorned with a symmetrical relief decor showing flowers and leaves, framed above and below by a trim. The top is decorated with a small rosette. The weight is in a good state of preservation with light signs of age and use and an appealing patina. It measures 0.8 x 8.4 x 5.2 cm and has a weight of approximately 280 grams. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Jade Qur'an box from the Mughal Empire, India, 18th Century

Lot 38: Jade Qur'an box from the Mughal Empire, India, 18th Century

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Description: White jade India, Mughal Empire, 18th Century Elegant carving Fine polish and oily surface Octagonal form Floral decor Diameter: 4 cm Good state of preservation Provenance: ex-collection F.R. Martin, thence Austrian private collection This Qur'an box dates back to Mughal India and was elaborately crafted in the 18 υ th Century. Made from fine, slightly translucent white jade it is used to store a miniature Qur'an. The case in octagonal form is carved all around in low relief. The front and reverse features a floral medallion in the centre framed by lotus as well as poppy flower heads and tendrils. In the Persian-speaking world the poppy is a symbol of love whilst the lotus signifies purity. The sides of the box show cartouches with blossoms. There are five loops thanks to which the box can be attached to clothing. Qur'an texts of this size were popular charms. The scriptures were probably not read but carried as divine talismans. The Qur'an box is in a good state of preservation according to its age. There are minor chips along the edges. The jade has a shiny and slightly oily surface - a sign of authenticity - which brings to bear the exceptional polish of the stone. The box measures 4 cm in diameter. Collection F.R. Martin At the turn of the Century the Swedish scholar and art historian Frederik Robert Martin (1868-1933) travelled through much of Persia. By the 1920s he had compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art, illustrating the craftsmanship of bygone dynasties. During his lifetime F.R. Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. Many of the items from the collection, about which an extensive catalogue was published, are nowadays held in the Medelhavsmuseet and the Ethnographical Museum in Stockholm.

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Indo-Persian Ceremonial Shield with Relief Decor, 19th C

Lot 39: Indo-Persian Ceremonial Shield with Relief Decor, 19th C

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Description: Brass Indo-Persian, 19th Century or possibly earlier Elaborate decor in relief Finley chased depiction of lions, mythological creatures and figures Diameter: 59 cm Good condition Provenance: from an English private collection This magnificent ceremonial shield of Indo-Persian origin was crafted in the late 19 υ th Century or possibly earlier. It features an elaborate figural embossing work with delicate engravings depicting in the finest manner lions and mythological creatures as well as various figures surrounded by thick foliage. A crescent, a favourite symbol of Islam, adorns the top. The three figures, holding different attributes, are depicted with an incredible richness of detail. A splendid example of Indo-Persian craftsmanship! The shield is in good condition with light signs of age and use showing a malachite coloured patina here and there. A small velvet cushion pad with a drawstring is attached to the back for hanging. The shield has a diameter of 59 cm.

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F.R. Martin 'Miniatures from the Period of Timur', 1926

Lot 40: F.R. Martin 'Miniatures from the Period of Timur', 1926

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Description: Original title: 'Miniatures from the period of Timur in a manuscript of poems of the Sultan Ahmad Jalair' Austria, Vienna, 1926 Authored and published by Frederik Robert Martin With 8 lithographed plates Marbled card cover with parchment spine and spine title English language Limited edition of 300 Dimensions: 39.6 x 29.7 cm Good, unread condition Provenance: formerly inventory of Kunstanstalt Max Jaffé, Austrian private collection This work entitled 'Miniatures from the period of Timur in a manuscript of poems of the Sultan Ahmad Jalair' was authored and published in 1926 by the Swedish historian and ardent collector Frederik Robert Martin(1868-1933) as a limited edition of 300. In this volume F.R. Martin analyses miniatures from the Timurid dynasty which illustrate a collection of poems by Sultan Ahmad Jalair. During his lifetime Martin authored many books on the subject of Islamic arts and crafts. At the turn of the Century he had travelled through much of Persia and compiled an extensive and historically important collection of Islamic art. Frederik Robert Martin, Miniatures from the period of Timur in a manuscript of the poems of Sultan Ahmad Jalair, Vienna, 1926. 2 pages preface, 30 numbered pages, 16 plates (8 lithographed). Edition of 300. The volume is in good condition with signs of age and use. The pages are uncut along the top margin, They are browned, some with kinks and marginal blemishes. There are abrasions to the cover along the edges. The dust cover shows material loss. The book measures 39.6 x 29.7 cm.

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F. Sarre & H. Trenkwald, 'Old Oriental Carpets', Vol. II, 1929

Lot 41: F. Sarre & H. Trenkwald, 'Old Oriental Carpets', Vol. II, 1929

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Description: Volume Two Austria, 1929 Authored by Friedrich Sarre und Hermann Trenkwald Issued by the Austria Museum for Art and Industry Published by Anton Schroll & Co, Wien und Karl W. Hiersemann, Leipzig Photographic reproductions by Kunstanstalt Max Jaffé Translated by A.F. Kendrick Large folio Dimensions: 60 x 45 cm Good condition Provenance: formerly inventory of Kunstanstalt Max Jaffé, Austrian private collection This second volume in large format from the series 'Old Oriental Carpets' was authored by Friedrich Sarre und Hermann Trenkwald and published by Anton Schroll & Co, Wien und Karl W. Hiersemann, Leipzig in 1929. It is complete and with its original plates, many of which are coloured. At the beginning of the 20 υ th Century Friedrich Sarre together with the Swedish historian and collector of Islamic art published the extensive catalogue for the exhibition 'Die Ausstellung von Meisterwerken Muhammedanischer Kunst in München', which was the first of its kind in Europe and is considered a watershed event for the appreciation of Islamic art in the Western world. Friedrich Sarre and Hermann Trenkwald, Old Oriental Carpets, Volume II, Anton Schroll & Co, Wien und Karl W. Hiersemann, Leipzig, 1929. 44 pages, 60 plates. The volume is in good condition with signs of age and use. The pages are browned with minor blemishes. There are abrasions to the cover. The book measures 60 x 45 cm.

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A.R. Chughtai „Iqbal Poet of the East

Lot 42: A.R. Chughtai „Iqbal Poet of the East", around 1968

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Description: Pakistan, Lahore, around 1968 With tipped-in colour plates, b/w heliogravure plates and chromolithographic plates Introduction by Abdur Rahman Chughtai With dedication by the author dated 1976 Luxury edition with a plethora of coloured plates and illuminated pages Text in English, Urdu and Persian Red leather binding with gilt lettering on title and spine 476 pages Dimensions: 35 x 29 cm Good condition Provenance: formerly inventory of Kunstanstalt Max Jaffé, Austrian private collection This work titled 'Iqbal Poet of the East' is a collection of poems by the Persian poet Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938). The latter is nowadays regarded as a prominent poet and one of the most important Islamic philosophers of recent times. The verses in calligraphic form are illustrated with the paintings by the Pakistani artist Abdur Rahman Chughtai, who published the book around 1968. On the half-title-page there is a handwritten dedication by the author dated 21 May 1976. Abdur Rahman Chughtai, Poet of the East and Chughtai, around 1968, 476 pages. The volume is in good condition with signs of age and use. The hardcover with wrapped in a transparent dust jacket, there are minimal are abrasions. The front cover is a little bowed. The pages are browned along the edges. The book measures 35 x 29 cm.

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Arm of a Wood Statue, probably Central Egypt, 10th-12th Dyn.

Lot 43: Arm of a Wood Statue, probably Central Egypt, 10th-12th Dyn.

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Description: Wood Probably Central Egypt, First Intermediate Period to Middle Kingdom, 10th to 12th Dynasty Formerly moveable arm of a statue Recognizable good quality Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 1 cm(height x width x depth) Provenance: Private Collection Bruno Wertz Scientific research: Dr. Jan Moje, Free University of Berlin (see references below) A similar complete example of the statue is the 'Statuette of the Lady Djehutynakht' at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston The present object is the left stretched out arm of a wooden statuette. It probably originates from Central Egypt from the First Intermediate Period to the Middle Kingdom of Egypt, the 10 υ th to the 12 υ th Dynasty (2120-1794/93 BCE). The arm is of long and slim form and the fingers are implied by grooves. There was a whole at the shoulder of the former statuette to plug in the arm with a wooden stick. The arm was probably moveable. Such wooden statuettes repeatedly appear in tombs as depictions of the tomb owner. The arm of a statuette of wood is, according its great age, in well-preserved condition with normal surface traces. The wood is starting to forfeit. The little finger is split in half. The finger tips have broken off. A larger piece has chipped offthe top of the forefinger. At the other end of the arm there are also parts of the rounding broken. The palm of the hand depicts coarse grooves. The dimensions of the arm are 12.7 x 1.8 x 1 cm(height x width x depth). Auctionata would like to express its deep gratitude to Dr. Jan Moje for the scientific preparation of the collection and the research for the text. We do declare explicitly that the pricing of the objects of this auction does not derive from Dr. Jan Moje. Please do not hesitate to contact Auctionata for further background research information about the objects, especially the deciphermentof hieroglyphics.

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Wood Statuette of a King, c. from the Middle Kingdom of Egypt

Lot 44: Wood Statuette of a King, c. from the Middle Kingdom of Egypt

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Description: Wood Egypt, possibly Middle Kingdom, 11th to 12th Dynasty Standing stride statue of a king Contemporarily reworked upper part Dimensions: 21.2 x 3.1 x 2.3 cm(height x width x depth) Provenance: Private Collection Bruno Wertz Scientific research: Dr. Jan Moje, Free University of Berlin (see references below) See J. Harvey, Wooden statues of the Old Kingdom, Leiden 2001 (EM 2) for similar samples of private statues This statuette was made of wood and depicts a striding king of ancient Egypt. The piece most probably dates to the Middle Kingdom of Egypt, the 11 υ th to the 12 υ th Dynasty (2119-1794/93 BCE), but has partially been contemporarily reworked. The figure is wearing a Nemes headscarf, the striped headscarf of pharaohs in ancient Egypt. The cloth covered nape, top and back head. Two long flaps are hanging down behind the ears and down the shoulders. The Nemes figure is crowned by a Uraeus snake. Headscarf and face are of relatively rough workmanship. Face and body are of slim form and the king is wearing an engraved apron with pleated rim. The varying proportions of the face lead to the conclusion that this statuette is either not entirely antique or the upper part has been added to make it appear like a statuette of a king. The preserved condition of the king statuette is age-appropriately well. The arms and the left foot of the statue are missing. The feet have been broken off. The right foot is fixed on again. Glue marks remain visible on the rectangular basis, as well as on the arm roots. The wooden surface depicts some scratches and other traces on the surface. The dimensions, including the plinth, mount up to 21.2 x 3.1 x 2.3 cm(height x width x depth). Auctionata would like to express its deep gratitude to Dr. Jan Moje for the scientific preparation of the collection and the research for the text. We do declare explicitly that the pricing of the objects of this auction does not derive from Dr. Jan Moje. Please do not hesitate to contact Auctionata for further background research information about the objects, especially the deciphermentof hieroglyphics.

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Wooden Model Boat with Rowers, Middle Kingdom of Egypt

Lot 45: Wooden Model Boat with Rowers, Middle Kingdom of Egypt

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Description: Wood painted in white, black and dark red Egypt, Middle Kingdom, 11th to 12th Dynasty Model boat with sun symbol on the roof of a canopy Four rowers and one funerary priest Removable round altar Lotus flower ornaments on bow and stern Dimensions: 26.8 x 58 x 18 cm(height x width x depth) Provenance: Private Collection Bruno Wertz Scientific research: Dr. Jan Moje, Free University of Berlin (see references below) The object was on loan in 1991/1992 for an exhibition at the Museum Grevenbroich A similar piece is located in the British Museum London This wooden boat originates from the Middle Kingdom of ancient Egypt, and it dates from the 11 υ th to the 12 υ th Dynasty (2119-1794/93 BCE).A rotund trunk in white colour raises up on a black basis plate. The boat is decorated around the outside with a dark red ladder pattern implying a railing. Lotus flower ornaments build the terminations of bow and stern. The original boat in real size was reed weaved. The rowers are placed in pairs in front and in the back. They are holding their arms stretched out straight in front of them, performing the rowing movement. Holes in their hands were used to plug in the oars. They are wearing the typical clothing for these boatmen, black short hair wigs and white aprons with naked upper bodies, while the lower body is not present. In the middle arises a baldachin, supported on four round columns, each decorated with two surrounding stripe patterns. The roof is painted with a sun symbol - a reference to the otherworldly determination of the boat to the journey to the West, where the sun god Re sets as a sun disk. The god is hovering as the sun in protection over the deceased under the baldachin. A man is now standing below the baldachin in the same clothing as the rowers with his arms stretched out. He is the responsible funerary priest who undertook the ritual accompaniment of the deceased. The stretched out hands are held in protective pose over the dead body. It is quite unusual that the funerary priest is dressed in rower's clothes, because normally he would have worn a longer priest gown. A little barrelled lose round alter, which originally probably did not belong to the boat, is located where once the lose coffin was placed. To accompany the deceased on their way to the afterlife it became customary starting in the Middle Kingdom to give them models into their coffin. The present piece is such an object with a crew of five men, who are joining the deceased at his journey. The coffin or the mummy of the deceased was mostly depicted on a boat under sun protection, a baldachin - the Egyptians were pragmatically assessed also in the beyond. The model boat is, according its age, in good and almost completely preserved condition. The colour is partially chipping off. Bow and stern display traces of splices. On the lower black base some parts have been restored and the glue is visible. The complete surface is covered with cuts. On the painting on top, one stripe is only half visible. In front at the lotus ornament, one piece of the coating has chipped off. The ladder pattern has come off on the right side of the boat. The figures and the baldachin are sticking unconsolidated in the appliances. A separately existing oar seems to belong to a different boat. The dimensions are 26.8 (height including the baldachin), 11.8 cm (height excluding the baldachin) x 58 cm (width) x 18 cm(depth). Parallels: R.E. Freed, The secrets of Tomb 10A, Boston 2009, Cat. 135; G.A. Reisner, Models of Ships and Boats, Cairo 1913; For the figures see also: E. D'Amicone (Hg.), Egitto Mai Visto. La montagna di morti: Assiut quattromila anni fa, Torino 2009, Cat. 8.27; S.R.K. Glanville, Catalogue of Egyptian Antiquities in the British Museum II: Wooden Model Boats, London 1972, Cat a8. Auctionata would like to express its deep gratitude to Dr. Jan Moje for the scientific preparation of the collection and the research for the text. We do declare explicitly that the pricing of the objects of this auction does not derive from Dr. Jan Moje. Please do not hesitate to contact Auctionata for further background research information about the objects, especially the deciphermentof hieroglyphics.

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Wooden Statuette of a Man from a Model Scene, 12th to 14th Dyn.

Lot 46: Wooden Statuette of a Man from a Model Scene, 12th to 14th Dyn.

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Description: Wood painted in black and brown Probably Egypt, Middle Kingdom to the beginning of the Second Intermediate Period, 12th to 14th Dynasty Figure of a man of a model scene as funerary offering Partially conserved Dimensions: 14.2 x 4 x 1.5 cm(height x width x depth) Provenance: Private Collection Bruno Wertz Scientific research: Dr. Jan Moje, Free University of Berlin (see references below) Similar objects can be found at the Egyptian Museum in Turinfor example Parallels: A.M.J. Tooley, Egyptian models and scenes, Princes Risborough 1995 (Shire-Egyptology 22), S. Heimann, S. (Red.), Ägyptens Schätze entdecken. Meisterwerke aus dem Ägyptischen Museum in Turin. Anlässlich der Ausstellung vom 11. März bis 2. September 2012 im Historischen Museum der Pfalz Speyer, München 2012 The wooden figure originates probably from the time of the Middle Kingdom of ancient Egypt to the beginning of the Second Intermediate Period, the 12 υ th to the 14 υ th Dynasty (1976-1648/45 BCE). The wooden figure used to be part of a model, which was presented as a funerary offering to the grave of a deceased to accompany him or her in the life after death. Among the models were bakers, brewers, butchers and weavers, to take care of the continuing nourishment of the deceased, as well as domestic scenes, sacrificial processions and boats with crews. The present wooden figure remains only partly preserved. The right arm is missing, but the stick to plug the arm into the body is retained. In the fist of the surviving arm is a whole to insert an object. The wood was subsequently coated in white colour and in the face and the body embellished with dark red painting. A horizontal line, drawing the clothing of the figure, an apron,is still visible. Likely surviving are two white squint running lines on the back, implying the wrapped apron. Furthermore, the figure has got quite a long neck. The wig reaches only to the nape, and it is formed without deepening. The black painting of the wig is well preserved. The eyes, including the pupils, were also painted black. The mouth is displayed in carved lines. The nose is carved into the form. The wood statuette is only partially preserved. The wood is starting to weather. Some repulsions and scratches are visible on the surface of the wood. The right arm and lower body are missing. The left arm is surviving, and it can be inserted into the body with a wooden stick. The body is pasted. The head was cracked and has recently been assessed anew. The crack line is still distinctly visible. Also remains of the glue are visible, especially on the front side of the body. The wood is starting to forfeit. The dimensions of the figure mount up to 14.2 x 4 x 1.5 cm(height x width x depth). Auctionata would like to express its deep gratitude to Dr. Jan Moje for the scientific preparation of the collection and the research for the text. We do declare explicitly that the pricing of the objects of this auction does not derive from Dr. Jan Moje. Please do not hesitate to contact Auctionata for further background research information about the objects, especially the deciphermentof hieroglyphics.

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Fragment of a Tomb Wall Relief with Head, New Kingdom of Egypt

Lot 49: Fragment of a Tomb Wall Relief with Head, New Kingdom of Egypt

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Description: Limestone Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty Formerly part of a tomb wall decoration Recent additions on all sides Partially identifiable hieroglyphics Masterful work by an antique engraver Dimensions: 31.5 x 19 x 6.6 cm (height x width x depth) Provenance: Private Collection Bruno Wertz Scientific research: Dr. Jan Moje, Free University of Berlin (see references below) The present object is a relief fragment from the New Kingdom of ancient Egypt, the era of the 18 υ th Dynasty (1550-1292 BCE). This relief fragment is made of limestone and it used to be part of a tomb wall. A human head in profile to the left is depicted below a column of hieroglyphics, reading from left-to-right. All inscriptions are carved in sunk relief. The surface still shows remains of red colour. The person depicted is wearing a flat wig. Fine details like eyes brows, make-up line, ear and mouth, bear witness to the exquisite skills of the antique engraver. The preserved hieroglyphics can be reconstructed as the words 'mighty-for-myself'. The other parts of the text are cut-off and so remain unclear in their original context. One possibility could be that they held the name of the depicted person. The relief fragment is in good, age-appropriate condition. The piece has been recently completed on all sides, and was inserted into a modern chalkstone, which is especially strong on the backside. The serrated line, a so-called water line, turned out to be one prong too long to the right. The right part of the head, as well as the neck, are contemporarily added parts and engravings. A small piece is missing of the plaster on the backside. The dimensions of the fragment are 31.5 x 19 x 6.6 cm (height x width x depth). Auctionata would like to express its deep gratitude to Dr. Jan Moje for the scientific preparation of the collection and the research for the text. We do declare explicitly that the pricing of the objects of this auction does not derive from Dr. Jan Moje. Please do not hesitate to contact Auctionata for further background research information about the objects, especially the deciphermentof hieroglyphics.

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Offering Stele for the God Amun-Ra, Thebes, New Kingdom

Lot 50: Offering Stele for the God Amun-Ra, Thebes, New Kingdom

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Description: Limestone Thebes, Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th-around 19th Dynasty Offering stele for the god Amun-Ra in form of a ram Partially identifiable hieroglyphics Dimensions: 22.5 x 15.8 x 3.5 cm (height x width x depth) Provenance: Private Collection Bruno Wertz Scientific research: Dr. Jan Moje, Free University of Berlin (see references below) A similar piece is located in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo (CG 34152 - 3) This offering stele originates from ancient Egypt, dating to the New Kingdom, the period of the 18 υ th to around the 19 υ th Dynasty (1550-1186/1185 BCE). The offering piece is made of limestone in high rectangular form with a flat arch above. The depictions are carved in raised relief, and the inscription of the hieroglyphics is deepened. An engraved sun between two detailed carved wingsforms the upper arch. The red colour of the sun is still tenuously preserved. The main area of the stele is occupied by a ram turned to the right, a form of appearance of the god Amun-Ra, which especially occurred in the area of Thebes. A Uraeus snake towers up on the head of the ram. The Uraeus is wearing a solar disk with horns - a symbol of reign and divinity. A shade-giving ostrich feather frond is located behind the ram, a sign of high rank. A lotus plant is standing in front of the ram, the plant of arms of Upper Egypt and Thebes. A column is appliedin the upper right corner, and it reads from right-to-left 'Holy ram (of Amun)'. Below, a line of very thoroughly engraved hieroglyphics reading from right-to-left 'donated by Thutmosis, (hench)man of his master'. The piece was donated to the god Amun-Ra by a commissioner named Thutmosis. The offering stele thus represents a votive offering for Amun-Ra of Thebes, and has most possibly been donated to the Temple of Amun in Karnak, or has been used in a private house altar. The god Amun-Ra combines characteristics of Re, Min and Amun and so he holds power over the sun, the wind and fertility. The offering stele is in good condition, regarding its age. A piece of c. 1 cm length is missing in the central top. The corner of c. 2 x 2 cm size has broken off in the lower left. The stone was broken into several parts and has been joined recently. Traces of glue are still visible. The backside is missing several pieces. The stele measures 22.5 x 15.8 x 3.5 cm (height x width x depth). Auctionata would like to express its deep gratitude to Dr. Jan Moje for the scientific preparation of the collection and the research for the text. We do declare explicitly that the pricing of the objects of this auction does not derive from Dr. Jan Moje. Please do not hesitate to contact Auctionata for further background research information about the objects, especially the deciphermentof

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Ushabti for a Woman, PaintedClay, New Kingdom of Egypt

Lot 51: Ushabti for a Woman, PaintedClay, New Kingdom of Egypt

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Description: Fired clay painted in red, black and yellow Egypt, New Kingdom, 19th to 20th Dynasty Ushabti offering, probably for the grave of a woman called Mes-cher-per Dimensions: 17.2 x 4.7 x 3 cm(height x width x depth) Provenance: Private Collection Bruno Wertz Scientific research: Dr. Jan Moje, Free University of Berlin (see references below) This little clay figure in the shape of a mummy is a so-called ushabti, an object of ancient Egyptian tradition serving as funerary offering. The present ushabti dates to the New Kingdom, the 19 υ th to the 20 υ th Dynasty (1292-1070/69 BCE). The ushabti is wearing a black painted wig on its head, leaving the ears free. Noticeable is the finely moulded face of this ushabti. The red painting of the face as well as the black eye lids, pupils and eyeballhave been distinctly preserved. Likely visible are colour remains of a yellow collar. The ushabti is holding its arms crossed in front of the breast and the hands painted in red are looking out of the sheath. Every hand holds plastically moulded crosiers. A column of engraved hieroglyphics is located on the front side 'Osiris Mes-cher-per(?), born by Hathor, justified'. The name Mes-cher-per can be identified, hinting to the female gender of the deceased. However, the writing could also have been misinterpreted by the sculptor and instead have meant 'Provided by. [God]', a phrase often appearing on funerary objects. In ancient Egypt, only a small number of scholars were in knowledge of the correct symbolic language of hieroglyphics. The craftsmen, who were in charge of engraving the hieroglyphics into the pieces, were in most cases illiterate. A condition that most often also applied to the commissioners. The clay figure is in well, age-appropriate and complete condition. The colour is partiallydeteriorated. Details of the form of the face and the hands are timeworn. The ushabti is installed on a modern, gold painted clay plinth. The dimensions of the figure are 17.2 x 4.7 x 3 cm(height x width x depth). The height, including the plinth, is 19.5 cm. Auctionata would like to express its deep gratitude to Dr. Jan Moje for the scientific preparation of the collection and the research for the text. We do declare explicitly that the pricing of the objects of this auction does not derive from Dr. Jan Moje. Please do not hesitate to contact Auctionata for further background research information about the objects, especially the deciphermentof hieroglyphics.

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Mould for Ceramic Isis Amulet, New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt

Lot 52: Mould for Ceramic Isis Amulet, New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt

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Description: Clay Pi-Ramesses / Qantir, Egypt, New Kingdom, 19th to 20th Dynasty (1292-1070/69 BCE) Mould for an amulet in the form of the goddess Isis Dimensions: 2.8 x 2.3 x 1.1 cm (width x height x depth) Provenance: Private Collection Bruno Wertz Scientific research: Dr. Jan Moje, Free University of Berlin (see references below) A similar object is located at the Biblical Institute in Fribourg (51 - 53) This piece of clay originates from Egypt (Pi-Ramesses / Qantir) dated to the New Kingdom, the 19 υ th to the 20 υ th Dynasty (1292-1070/69 BCE). It functioned as a mould for creating amulets in the form of the goddess Isis, in standing position, with sun disk and typical crown of horns. In her hand she is holding a papyrus sceptre. The goddess Isis was the wife of the god of the dead, Osiris. After his death, she was named goddess of the dead; however, she managed to resurrect her husband. Isis is also called 'Goddess of the North'. Such moulds of fired clay were used for the production of amulets of quartzite, so-called faience. The little mould for an amulet in the shape of the goddess Isis is very well-preserved and complete condition, with usual traces of age. The form is slightly shoved on the exterior, but this does not harm the mould in functionality. Traces of sand are visible. The dimensions of the mould are 2.8 x 2.3 x 1.1 cm (width x height x depth). Auctionata would like to express its deep gratitude to Dr. Jan Moje for the scientific preparation of the collection and the research for the text. We do declare explicitly that the pricing of the objects of this auction does not derive from Dr. Jan Moje. Please do not hesitate to contact Auctionata for further background research information about the objects, especially the decipherment of hieroglyphics.

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