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Auction Description for Sotheby's: Ancient Egyptian Sculpture & Works of Art

Ancient Egyptian Sculpture & Works of Art (66 Lots)

by Sotheby's


66 lots with images

December 15, 2016

Live Auction

New York, NY, USA

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AN EGYPTIAN BANDED ALABASTER JAR, 1ST DYNASTY, PROBABLY REIGN OF KING DEN, CIRCA 2950-2015 B.C. | An Egyptian Banded Alabaster Jar

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Description: of slender cylindrical form with concave sides and everted rounded rim.

Condition Report: There is a stress crack down much of one side and halfway down there is what appears to be a small patch composed of plaster and alabaster. Small nicks and abrasions on the rim, a largish ancient chip on the edge of the base, along with minor nicks, some staining on one side, remnants of tape under the concave foot.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN BANDED ALABASTER JAR, OLD KINGDOM, PROBABLY 3RD DYNASTY, 2705-2640 B.C. | An Egyptian Banded Alabaster Jar

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Description: of slightly flaring cylindrical form with everted slightly angular rim.

Condition Report: Excellent. The walls are very thick. Miniscule nicks on perimeter of base, remains of old tape on the bottom.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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A FRAGMENTARY EGYPTIAN BANDED ALABASTER JAR, 1ST DYNASTY, 2965-2815 B.C. | A Fragmentary Egyptian Banded Alabaster Jar

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Description: of slender cylindrical form with everted rounded rim, an encircling rib below.

Condition Report: Repaired recently from many fragments large and small, with some large missing areas on the rim, and also one large missing area near the bottom of one side where the walls of the vessel become only about 1/8 inch thick. The remains of an old tape label are on the bottom.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN BANDED ALABASTER CUP, OLD KINGDOM, PROBABLY 1ST DYNASTY, 2965-2815 B.C. | An Egyptian Banded Alabaster Cup

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Description: with flat base and deep rounded body.

Condition Report: Very good. There are a few tiny nicks on the rim, and 1600 B.C. is written in pencil or pale black link near the bottom of one side.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN ALABASTER HEADREST, 6TH DYNASTY, 2360-2195 B.C. | An Egyptian Alabaster Headrest

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Description: carved in three sections, with rectangular base, fluted stem with uninscribed panel , and rectangular abacus supporting the crescentic pillow.

Condition Report: The pillow has two not very well done old repairs, and there are several chips along the edge. There is a chip at the base of the column, and the base has several nicks. Under the base is a pencil or ink notation, probably by Mrs. Prindle, as well as a large sticker covering part of it recording the purchase in Cairo in 1922.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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A LARGE EGYPTIAN BANDED ALABASTER JAR, 26TH/30TH DYNASTY, 664-342 B.C. | A Large Egyptian Banded Alabaster Jar

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Description: of broad rounded from with short neck, overhanging rounded rim, and twin elliptical handles each with flaring projection below. 

Condition Report: There are several stress cracks radiating from the bottom of the jar, one of them continuing up to the top of the rim on one side. There remains of old tape stuck to the bottom. Otherwise excellent.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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A SET OF FOUR EGYPTIAN BANDED ALABASTER CANOPIC JARS, 26TH DYNASTY, 664-525 B.C. | A Set of Four Egyptian Banded Alabaster Canopic Jars

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Description: belonging to the scribe Nisuese, of slightly flaring ovoid form carved with four columns of inscription, and surmounted by lids representing the Four Sons of Horus, from the left human-headed Imsety, protector of the liver, with full lower lip and grooved eyes with traces of pigment, jackal-headed Duamutef, protector of the stomach, with nostrils summarily indicated and carefully incised eyes, falcon-headed Qebehsenuef, protector of the intestines, with sharply hooked beak and eyes carved in raised relief, and baboon-headed Hapy, protector of the lungs, with finely incised mouth, recessed circular nostrils, and large grooved eyes.

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AN EGYPTIAN ALABASTER CANOPIC JAR, 26TH DYNASTY, 664-525 B.C. | An Egyptian Alabaster Canopic Jar

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Description: of slender ovoid form, the lid, possibly belonging, carved in the form of the head of Imsety, Son of Horus and guardian of the liver, wearing a wide wig leaving the well-shaped ears uncovered, the eyes carved in a very impressionistic manner.

Condition Report: Very good and as shown. Note large chip at base of the wig. The rim and edge of the base have a number small nicks. Minor imperfections in the stone and a few nicks on the body of the vessel. The lid fits loosely on the jar, and does not seem to have been made for it.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN ALABASTER CANOPIC JAR LID, EARLY 18TH DYNASTY, CIRCA 1540-1400 B.C. | An Egyptian Alabaster Canopic Jar Lid

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Description: wearing a short beard and wide striated wig, his broad face with full lips and large wide-set eyes with finely-tapered upper lids; together with an Egyptian alabaster section of a canopic jar (?), on which the lid has long rested in modern times.

Condition Report: Generally good, surface a bit worn, end of nose chipped, tiny nicks and abrasions, minor imperfections in the stone. The section of a canopic jar (?) with which it is associated has a few chips, old scratches and imperfections. The lid has been recently and professionally cleaned of modern grime perhaps caused by smoke, the section of the jar has been left as is.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN GNEISS (CHREPHREN DIORITE) BOWL, 2ND/3RD DYNASTY, 2860-2640 B.C. | An Egyptian Gneiss (Chrephren Diorite) Bowl

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Description: of deep rounded form with flat base and inward-curving rim beveled on the inside, the interior of the base rounded and centering a drilled dot and grooved circle.

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A FRAGMENTARY EGYPTIAN GRANITE HEAD OF A MAN, LATE 11TH/EARLY 12TH DYNASTY, PERIOD OF MENTUHOTEP II/SESOSTRIS I, 1957-1875 B.C. | A Fragmentary Egyptian Granite Head of a Man

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Description: his face with finely outlined lips rounded at the corners, wideset almond-shaped eyes, and contoured tapering eyebrows and cosmetic lines in shallow relief, the hairline waving down at the temples.

Condition Report: As shown and described; the back of the head is missing. Note ancient damage to chin, mouth, nose, and eyes and eyebrows; there is a relatively modern chip on the fragmentary proper left ear, upper part of the head with a somewhat worn surface.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN BROWN QUARTZITE HEAD OF A MAN, EARLY 12TH DYNASTY, PERIOD OF AMENEMHAT I/SESOSTRIS I, 1938-1875 B.C. | An Egyptian Brown Quartzite head of a Man

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Description: wearing a rounded wig of rectangular curls leaving his large ears uncovered, his face with outlined lips rounded at the corners, and long eyebrows and cosmetic lines in relief.

Condition Report: As shown; note that nose is much abraded, and there is lesser wear to the mouth and eyes. Top and front of wig worn. Chin and proper right earlobe chipped, minor old nicks and abrasions overall. Despite the wear, the lips, eyes and eyebrows retain much of their carefully carved detail.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN POLYCHROME LIMESTONE HEAD FROM AN USHABTI, 18TH DYNASTY, PERIOD OF TUTHMOSIS IV/AMENHOTEP III, 1400-1353 B.C. | An Egyptian Polychrome Limestone Head from an Ushabti

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Description: wearing a deep blue tripartite wig, his face with finely-carved lips rounded at the corners and detailed in black, straight nose, and wide-set eyes with long eyebrows and cosmetic lines, the earlobes indented, the cord of his seed-sack on the left shoulder.

Condition Report: Generally good. The nose has been at least partially restored, after it was sold here in 1991 and before it was sold here again in 1995. Small areas of the polychrome have been in-painted, including most of the proper right eyebrow. BMFA accession and another number are in red ink underneath.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN POLYCHROME WOOD MUMMY MASK, 18TH DYNASTY, REIGN OF AMENHOTEP II/AMENHOTEP III, 1426-1353 B.C. | An Egyptian Polychrome Wood Mummy Mask

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Description: wearing a tripartite wig with stripes alternating in black and traces of gilding, the idealized face with full lips rounded at the corners, slightly upturned nose, and large eyes with long delicate finely-arched eyebrows and cosmetic lines painted in remains of Egyptian blue, remains of polychrome on the neck and ears.

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AN EGYPTIAN POLYCHROME WOOD SARCOPHAGUS LID OF THE LADY TJENETY, 25TH DYNASTY, 750-656 B.C. | An Egyptian Polychrome Wood Sarcophagus Lid of the Lady Tjenety

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Description: wearing a broad collar composed of lotus, corn, and other flowers, winged sun-disk pectoral, and striped tripartite wig, the eyes and eyebrows inlaid in bronze, calcite, and obsidian, the column of inscription surmounted by couchant Anubis, and translating "An offering which the King gives to Osiris, Lord of Busiris, the great god, Lord of Abydos, so that he may give a beautiful burial place to Tjenety, true of voice".

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AN EGYPTIAN POLYCHROME WOOD SARCOPHAGUS PANEL, 25TH DYNASTY, 750-656 B.C. | An Egyptian Polychrome Wood Sarcophagus Panel

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Description: painted on one side with fourteen columns of inscription, and on the other with seven columns of inscription and the Son of Horus Imsety facing left.

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EGYPTIAN WOOD SARCOPHAGUS POST OF THE PRIEST HORUDJA, SON OF IAHTEFNAKHT, 26TH DYNASTY, 664-525 B.C. | Egyptian Wood Sarcophagus Post of the Priest Horudja, Son of Iahtefnakht

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Description: carved in sunk relief with a single column of inscription translating "...of Iahtefnakht (the moon is his strength), born of the Lady of the House, Khââytiretbinet".

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AN EGYPTIAN WOOD SARCOPHAGUS LID PANEL OF THE PRIEST HORUDJA, SON OF IAHTEFNAKHT, 26TH DYNASTY, 664-225 B.C. | An Egyptian Wood Sarcophagus Lid Panel of the Priest Horudja, Son of Iahtefnakht

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Description: finely carved in sunk relief at the top with the deceased kneeling to left in adoration next to a column of inscription naming him as “The Osiris, loving son, Horudja”, the three columns of inscription below containing the beginning of spell 72 from the Book of the Dead and translating “Hail to you, Lords of Rule, who are living for ever, and whose secular period is Eternity. I make my way towards you. Let me be glorified through my attributes; let me prevail through my words of power, and let me be rated according to my merit. Deliver me from the Crocodile of this Land of Rule. Let me have a mouth wherewith I speak, and let my oblations be placed before you; because I know you, and I know your names: and I know the name of that great god to whose nostrils you present delicacies: Tekmu is his name. And whether he maketh his way from the Eastern Horizon of Heaven, or…”  (transl. P. Le Page Renouf and E. Naville, London, 1904, p. 136)

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A FRAGMENTARY EGYPTIAN SERPENTINE USHABTI OF THE CHIEF LECTOR PRIEST PETAMENOPHIS, 25TH DYNASTY, REIGN OF TAHARQA/TANWETAMANI, 690-656 B.C. | A Fragmentary Egyptian Serpentine Ushabti of the Chief Lector Priest Petamenophis

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Description: holding hoes in front and seed sack over his left shoulder, and wearing a broad beaded collar and wide tripartite wig, his finely carved face with smiling mouth indented at the corners, straight nose, and large almond-shaped eyes, the five lines of inscription carefully carved in sunk relief and containing remains of red pigment.

Condition Report: Generally very good and as described, tip of nose rubbed, ancient chip or flaw in the first line of the inscription, chip on proper right thumb and knuckle of the forefinger, a few other very minor nicks, scratches, and abrasions.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN PALE BLUE-GREEN FAIENCE USHABTI OF NEFERIBRESANEITH, 26TH DYNASTY, REIGN OF AMASIS, 570-526 B.C. | An Egyptian Pale Blue-green Faience Ushabti of Neferibresaneith

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Description: wab priest of the king, Royal Chancellor of Lower Egypt, Administrator of the Palace, and son of Shepen-Bastet, holding the hoe, pick, and seed-sack over his left shoulder, and wearing a braided beard with curled tip and striated tripartite wig, his finely modeled face with full lips indented at the corners, straight nose, and long contoured eyebrows and cosmetic lines, the nine lines of inscription beginning and ending at the back pillar.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF ISIS WITH HORUS, 26TH DYNASTY, 664-525 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Isis with Horus

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Description: the goddess seated on a throne and holding her child Horus on her lap, her feet resting on a footstool, and wearing a long close-fitting dress, broad beaded collar, echeloned tripartite wig, vulture headdress, and diadem of uraei crowned by horns and sun-disk, her child Horus wearing the juvenile side-lock and close fitting cap with uraeus, the throne decorated in part with a basket-weave design, the rectangular plinth engraved on the four sides with a hieroglyphic inscription asking for “Life, Prosperity and Health for the Ka of the Prophet Wennefer-pa-di-Bastet son of Iry-Pat, Hatyaa, Horsiese, his mother Pa-di-Neith”.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF A CAT, 21ST/26TH DYNASTY, 1075-525 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of a Cat

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Description: sacred to the goddess Bastet, seated with head held high and long tail curled around to the front, and wearing an engraved necklace of cowrie shells with Eye of Horus pendant on the breast, the finely-modeled head with grooved whiskers, indented nostrils, large rounded eyes,  and erect pierced ears with striated markings.

Condition Report: Very good and as shown. There is a small chip on the proper right ear, and the rear tenon has a horizontal repair or stress crack.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF OSIRIS, 26TH DYNASTY, 664-525 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris

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Description: of slender form standing with his hands emerging from his cloak and holding the crook and flail, and wearing a long beard covering the chin, and the atef-crown with uraeus and ostrich plumes resting on ram’s horns.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF IMHOTEP, 26TH DYNASTY, 664-625 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Imhotep

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Description: the deified architect and physician under King Djoser seated with his feet resting on a foot-stool and holding an open scroll with engraved inscription on his lap, and wearing a long kilt with pleated over-fold, broad beaded collar with falcon-headed terminals, and close-fitting cap.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF ANUBIS, 26TH DYNASTY, 664-525 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Anubis

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Description: the jackal-headed god of the dead striding on a rectangular base inscribed on two sides, a was-scepter formerly in the left hand, an ankh in the right, and wearing a pleated royal kilt with central tab, broad collar, and striated tripartite wig, the large erect ears with finely striated detail, the inscription translating “Anubis giving life to Pa-en-chered, son of Amun…”.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF NEHEBKAOU, LATE PERIOD, 716-30 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Nehebkaou

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Description: the serpent-headed deity striding on a small rectangular base and holding a fragmentary attribute in his extended left hand, and wearing a short pleated kilt with central tab, striated tripartite wig with uraeus, and the rush-atef crown resting on ram’s horns, flanked by uraei, and surmounted by a celestial disk.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF THE GODDESS MUT, 26TH DYNASTY, 664-525 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of the Goddess Mut

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Description: the consort of  Amun and mother of Khonsu, striding on a high rectangular base, and wearing a long close-fitting dress with bands crossing between her breasts, bracelets and armlets, broad beaded collar, striated tripartite wig, vulture headdress, and the crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, her distinctive face with full lips and large eyes with long contoured eyebrows and cosmetic lines.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF HARPOCRATES, LATE PERIOD, 716-30 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Harpocrates

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Description: the child Horus seated with his feet resting on a foot-stool inscribed with his name “Hor-pa-khered”, holding his right forefinger to his mouth, and wearing a necklace and the crown of Amun with uraeus, the inserted plumes missing, the missing side-lock of youth cast separately, his necklace with two tear-shaped pendants in front and lotus or papyrus flowers and petal-shaped ornaments behind, the finely-modeled face with large eyes partially overlaid in silver.

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AN EGYPTIAN GRANITE BUST FROM AN ENTHRONED FIGURE OF THE GODDESS SEKHMET, 18TH DYNASTY, REIGN OF AMENHOTEP III, 1403-1365 B.C. | An Egyptian Granite Bust from an Enthroned Figure of the Goddess Sekhmet

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Description: the lion-headed goddess wearing a long close-fitting dress, broad collar, and striated tripartite wig covering her mane, the powerfully carved face with stylized whiskers and ruff carved in shallow relief.

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AN EGYPTIAN INDURATED LIMESTONE BUST OF A MAN, LATE 25TH/EARLY 26TH DYNASTY, CIRCA 670-650 B.C. | An Egyptian Indurated Limestone Bust of a Man

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Description: from a seated figure, of powerful build with pronounced collarbones, and wearing a wide wig falling to the top of the back pillar and leaving the ears uncovered, his face with full outlined lips, wide philtrum, broad nose, and large finely contoured almond-shaped eyes.

Condition Report: Excellent and as shown, note chip on proper left forearm, and there is a small chip near the top of the proper left ear. The surface has a lot of very superficial ancient scratches and is slightly worn. There is a tiny modern cut at the bottom of his torso next to the back pillar, suggesting that someone may have taken a sample of the very hard stone at some point.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN QUARTZITE HEAD OF A MAN, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH DYNASTY, CIRCA 1320-1280 B.C. | An Egyptian Quartzite Head of a Man

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Description: wearing a double wig composed of striated wavy strands radiating from the crown, echeloned rectangular curls in front, his round face with mouth deeply indented at the corners, full lips, and wide-set heavy-lidded eyes, the large ears with indented(?) lobes, the fragmentary top edge of the back-pillar remaining.

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AN EGYPTIAN POLYCHROME LIMESTONE STELA, EARLY 12TH DYNASTY, CIRCA 1938-1850 B.C. | An Egyptian Polychrome Limestone Stela

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Description: framed by a torus molding, a cavetto cornice above, the stela painted with a husband and wife facing right and clasping hands, the man holding a lotus blossom, three waterfowl above the woman’s head, a table piled high with offerings of food and drink before them, the two lines of inscription in hieroglyphic and hieratic script, probably in part translating "(O) Horus, Great of Respect! I am a falcon of gold! I am...".

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AN EGYPTIAN SANDSTONE RELIEF FRAGMENT, KARNAK, 18TH DYNASTY, EARLY IN THE REIGN OF AKHENATEN, CIRCA 1353-1345 B.C. | An Egyptian Sandstone Relief Fragment, Karnak

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Description: probably from a talatat, carved in sunk relief with the head of Queen Nefertiti facing left, and wearing an echeloned wig with double uraeus, fillet, and diadem of uraei surmounted by horns and sun-disk with double uraeus, two hands from the rays of the Aten, one holding an ankh towards the queen’s nose, before her; traces of blue and red pigment.

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AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF FRAGMENT, 19TH/20TH DYNASTY, 1292-1075 B.C. | An Egyptian Limestone Relief Fragment

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Description: carved in sunk relief with the prophet Tuthmose striding to right, holding a long staff, and wearing open sandals with curled tips, diaphanous kilt, and elaborately pleated upper garment with overfold, his head shaven, a lettuce in his right hand, the column of inscription at left translating “The priest, the chief overseer of cattle in the Estate of Thoth, Lord of Hermopolis, Tuthmose, true of voice".

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AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF FRAGMENT, AMARNA, 18TH DYNASTY, LATER IN THE REIGN OF AKHENATEN, CIRCA 1345-1336 B.C. | An Egyptian Limestone Relief Fragment, Amarna

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Description: from a large royal-barge procession scene, carved in relief with three oarsmen moving to right, two wearing kilts with pleated overfolds, one turning his head back and looking in the direction they are going, above the men a scene showing a column base, part of a squatting man holding a stick or handle, two stands, a small doorway, and sealed beer jars, all possibly part of riverbank structure passed by the flotilla.

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AN EGYPTIAN PALE BLUE-GREEN FAIENCE USHABTI OF NEFERIBRESANEITH, 26TH DYNASTY, REIGN OF AMASIS, 570-526 B.C. | An Egyptian Pale Blue-green Faience Ushabti of Neferibresaneith

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Description: wab priest of the king, Royal Chancellor of Lower Egypt, Administrator of the Palace, and son of Shepen-Bastet, holding the hoe, pick, and seed-sack over his left shoulder, and wearing a braided beard with curled tip and striated tripartite wig, his finely modeled face with full lips indented at the corners, straight nose, and long contoured eyebrows and cosmetic lines, the nine lines of inscription beginning and ending at the back pillar.

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AN EGYPTIAN PALE OLIVE-GREEN FAIENCE USHABTI OF THE ROYAL SCRIBE NES-SHU-TEFNUT, 30TH DYNASTY/EARLY PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 380-300 B.C. | An Egyptian Pale Olive-green Faience Ushabti of the Royal Scribe Nes-Shu-Tefnut

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Description: holding the pick, hoe, and seed-sack and wearing a braided beard and striated tripartite wig, his face with long contoured eyebrows and cosmetic lines in relief, the nine lines of inscription including his name and title.

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AN EGYPTIAN PALE OLIVE-GREEN FAIENCE USHABTI OF OF THE GODFATHER AND SEMEREF-PRIEST PSAMTIK-NEFER, 30TH DYNASTY, 380-342 B.C. | An Egyptian Pale Olive-green Faience Ushabti of of the Godfather and Semeref-priest Psamtik-Nefer

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Description: the god’s father and sem-priest, born of Irt-irw, holding the hoe, pick, and seed-sack,  and wearing a braided beard and striated tripartite wig, his face with large wide-set eyes and long contoured eyebrows and cosmetic lines in relief, the nine lines of inscription in sunk relief including his name and titles.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF A CAT, 21ST /26TH DYNASTY, 1075-525 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of a Cat

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Description: of slender and graceful form seated with its long tail curled around to the front, the finely modeled head with deeply indented nostrils, large rounded eyes, and erect ears, a gold earring in the pierced left ear.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF THE APIS BULL, 26TH/30TH DYNASTY, 664-342 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of the Apis Bull

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Description: striding on an inscribed rectangular base, crowned by the sun-disk with uraeus, and wearing a broad beaded collar and a saddle-cloth flanked by a winged vulture and winged scarab over his back, the inscription on the front translating “Apis, gives Life to” and on one side “born of Ta-Her..” and the name (illegible) of the deceased or donor.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF AN IBIS, LATE PERIOD, 716-30 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of an Ibis

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Description: sacred to the god Thoth, striding with head held high, the outline of the tail feathers incised, the eyes with apparent remains of inlay, the bronze-sheathed wood base probably also ancient.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE AND CALCITE FIGURE OF AN IBIS, LATE PERIOD, 716-30 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze and Calcite Figure of an Ibis

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Description: striding with the left leg advanced, the recess for the missing bronze tail feathers with circular mortise for attachment, the two nares indicated on top of the beak, the wood base possibly also ancient.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF AN IBIS, LATE PERIOD, 716-30 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of an Ibis

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Description: striding with the left leg advanced,  an opening for insertion of the missing tail feathers, the wood base, probably also ancient, with raised cartouche-shaped platform.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF ISIS WITH HORUS, 26TH DYNASTY, 664-525 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Isis with Horus

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Description: the goddess seated with her feet resting on a trapezoidal footstool with fragmentary tenon underneath, and holding her child Horus on her lap, and wearing a long close-fitting dress, armlets, broad collar, and striated tripartite wig surmounted by the vulture cap with uraeus, diadem of uraei, and horns and sun-disk, Horus wearing armlets, broad collar, juvenile side-lock, and close-fitting cap with uraeus.

Condition Report: Very good---the tip of one horn is missing and this may have been an old restoration, the other tip is nicked slightly; it is possible the ends of both horns are restored, as they often are, but we can find no sign of it. Some slight surface wear in areas, ends of the child's feet slightly nicked. Tenon under footstool fragmentary.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF HARPOCRATES, 30TH DYNASTY/PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 380-30 B.C. | An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Harpocrates

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Description: the child god seated and pointing his right forefinger to his mouth, his feet resting a trapezoidal foot-stool, and wearing the nemes-headcloth with uraeus, diadem, and fragmentary hemhem crown.

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TWO EGYPTIAN BRONZE OSTRICH PLUMES, LATE PERIOD, 716-30 B.C. | Two Egyptian Bronze Ostrich Plumes

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Description: from the atef-crown of a large figure of Osiris, each feather resting on a ram’s horn and flanked by a uraeus crowned by the sun-disk, the tail trailing across the back, a pendent uraeus once suspended below, the details carefully engraved overall, and with traces of glass paste inlay.

Condition Report: Very good and as shown and described. The pendant loop below the proper left horn is fragmentary (in the photo it does not appear at all, having been mistakenly photo-shopped out along with the distracting modern base). The tip of the proper right horn is missing. Some surface wear, corrosion, and encrustation.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN BASALT TORSO OF A WOMAN, 30TH DYNASTY/EARLY PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 380-250 B.C. | An Egyptian Basalt Torso of a Woman

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Description: possibly a queen or goddess, of slender and graceful form striding with her arms held to her sides, and wearing a long close-fitting dress, the back pillar uninscribed.

Condition Report: What remains is in excellent condition. There are a few small chips on the edge of the back pillar, and a few very minor old nicks on the body. An old nick on the tip of each breast. The tips of the fingers are either intact or have varying degrees of chips and abrasions. The extremely hard stone is meta-basalt. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE ROUND-TOPPED STELA, 26TH DYNASTY, REIGN OF APRIES, 589-570 B.C. | An Egyptian Limestone Round-topped Stela

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Description: carved in sunk relief with King Apries offering the hieroglyphic symbol for land to the the king of the gods, Amun, and his consort the goddess Mut, the king wearing the royal kilt with bull’s tail and the crown of Upper Egypt, Amun his characteristic crown, and Mut the vulture headdress and the crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, a winged sun-disk flanked by uraei above, the inscriptions including the names of Apries, Amun, and Mut, the three lines of inscription below apparently removed in antiquity.

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AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE FIGURE OF A CAT, LATE PERIOD, 716-30 B.C. | An Egyptian Limestone Figure of a Cat

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Description: of stocky build, seated on a fragmentary base with the tail curled around towards the front.

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AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE FIGURE OF A FROG, ROMAN/EARLY COPTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND/6TH CENTURY A.D. | An Egyptian Limestone Figure of a Frog

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Description: seated on a fragmentary rectangular base and looking up with mouth agape and tongue protruding, with small indented nostrils, prominent circular eyes with lozenge-shaped pupils, long dorsal ridge, and cape-like scale pattern carved on the back, a small circular limestone plug, including the tongue, inserted in the mouth, a larger circular plug underneath the base.

Condition Report: Losses as shown to the left proper foreleg, right foot, left ankle, and upper right leg; edge of base fragmentary, surface wear in areas, old chips on the mouth and right eye, minor old chips and abrasions overall. There is a repair across part of the hindquarters.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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