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Egyptian Antiquities

From King Tutankhamen's iconic gilded mask to the elaborate stone carvings and wall paintings of ancient structures, Egyptian antiquities and artifacts are some of the most coveted by fans of ancient history. With a history that spans several thousand years, ancient Egyptian art and decorative objects reflect the ideal integration of aesthetic and functional elements to encapsulate both cultural and artistic expression.

Ancient Egypt as it is known today began with the establishment of the Old Kingdom in the 27th century B.C., when dynastic rule brought peace and prosperity to the cultures of the Nile River Valley. This peace meant more energy could be devoted to architectural and artistic expression, and so it is from this early era that Egyptian artists established the conventions for figural representation. These rules became standard across visual imagery, from colorful wall painting to miniature ushabti figures to monumental royal portraits.

As the dynasties progressed and as art became a means of reflecting status, decorative objects became more diverse and more ornate. Greater amounts of gold and precious gemstones were incorporated into jewels and ceremonial objects, and artists also experimented within the fields of glass blowing and an early variation of faience ceramics to conjure luminous finishes. While many of Egypt's surviving artifacts are housed within the world's greatest museums, smaller Egyptian antiquities are still available on the open auction market for the avid Egyptophile.


Quick Facts

  • The conventions for ancient Egyptian representation of the figure remained remarkably consistent over the thousands of years of dynastic rule. An exception is the 14th century B.C. pharaoh Akhenaten, who established a new body type as the standard
  • The prominent kohl-based eyeliner seen on Egyptian figural renderings was considered a reflection of beauty. But it also served practical purposes: the kohl soot helped eliminate the glare of the sun, while the lead elements inherent in kohl helped stave off eye infections
  • One of the names synonymous with ancient Egypt was the famed queen Cleopatra who ruled from 69 to 30 B.C. Though she was born in Egypt, Cleopatra was not Egyptian but rather Greek: she was a descendant of Ptolemy I, who once served under Alexander the Great

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(on 5) EARLY COPTIC/PERSIAN TEXTILE (TIRAZ) FRAGMENTS
Apr 21, 11:00 AM EDT
(on 5) EARLY COPTIC/PERSIAN TEXTILE (TIRAZ) FRAGMENTS
by CRN Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$1,3005 Bids
Harpocrates
Apr 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Harpocrates
by Deutsch Auktionen
Est: €220- €440
€3204 Bids
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EGYPTIAN LATE PERIOD ANUBIS STATUETTE
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
EGYPTIAN LATE PERIOD ANUBIS STATUETTE
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£2604 Bids
22K GOLD LAPIS LAZULI ANCIENT EGYPTIAN FAIENCE FIGURINE
Apr 21, 10:00 AM EDT
22K GOLD LAPIS LAZULI ANCIENT EGYPTIAN FAIENCE FIGURINE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$1003 Bids
Three Egyptian Bronze Figurines
May 09, 10:00 AM EDT
Three Egyptian Bronze Figurines
by New England Auctions
Est: $800- $1,000
$502 Bids
A Collection of Egyptian Framed Works including Hand Painted Works on Papyrus
Apr 21, 2:00 PM AEST
A Collection of Egyptian Framed Works including Hand Painted Works on Papyrus
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD301 Bid
ANCINET EGYPTIAN GLAZED CLAY USHABTI FIGURINE
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
ANCINET EGYPTIAN GLAZED CLAY USHABTI FIGURINE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STYLE PHARAOH FORK Possibly 664-332 BC. 15 cm long.
Apr 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STYLE PHARAOH FORK Possibly 664-332 BC. 15 cm long.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£41 Bid
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STYLE USHABTI. Possibly 664-332 BC. 15 cm high.
Apr 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STYLE USHABTI. Possibly 664-332 BC. 15 cm high.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£41 Bid
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STYLE HIEROGLYPHIC VESSEL BES JAR AND COVER. Possibly 664-332 BC. 16 cm high.
Apr 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STYLE HIEROGLYPHIC VESSEL BES JAR AND COVER. Possibly 664-332 BC. 16 cm high.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£41 Bid
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STYLE STATUE OF THE GOD DWARF PATALKOS. Possibly 664-332 BC. 10 cm high.
Apr 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STYLE STATUE OF THE GOD DWARF PATALKOS. Possibly 664-332 BC. 10 cm high.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£41 Bid
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STYLE HIEROGLYPHIC VESSEL HORUS JAR AND COVER. Possibly 664-332 BC. 16 cm high.
Apr 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STYLE HIEROGLYPHIC VESSEL HORUS JAR AND COVER. Possibly 664-332 BC. 16 cm high.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£41 Bid
AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE PHAROAH together with two scarab beetles. Largest 5.5 cm high. (3)
Apr 24, 10:00 AM BST
AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE PHAROAH together with two scarab beetles. Largest 5.5 cm high. (3)
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £40- £60
£41 Bid
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EGYPTIAN WOODEN CLAPPERS HANDS SHAPED
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
EGYPTIAN WOODEN CLAPPERS HANDS SHAPED
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £6,000- £9,000
£3,0001 Bid
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EGYPTIAN COLOURED FAIENCE LOTUS FLOWER TILES OF AMARNA PERIOD
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
EGYPTIAN COLOURED FAIENCE LOTUS FLOWER TILES OF AMARNA PERIOD
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,0001 Bid
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EGYPTIAN PALE GREEN FAIENCE CROWN
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
EGYPTIAN PALE GREEN FAIENCE CROWN
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £1,500- £2,500
£9001 Bid
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EGYPTIAN GLAZED AMPHORISKOS
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
EGYPTIAN GLAZED AMPHORISKOS
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £600- £900
£3001 Bid
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LARGE EGYPTIAN ALABASTER VASE
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
LARGE EGYPTIAN ALABASTER VASE
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £750- £1,500
£5001 Bid
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STYLE ALABASTER STATUE OF THE GODDESS HORUS 664-332 BC. 15 cm high.
Apr 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STYLE ALABASTER STATUE OF THE GODDESS HORUS 664-332 BC. 15 cm high.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£41 Bid
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NEAR EASTERN CARNELIAN BIRD SHAPED BEAD
Apr 28, 12:00 PM BST
NEAR EASTERN CARNELIAN BIRD SHAPED BEAD
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £600- £900
£3000 Bids
EGYPT, ROMAN PROVINCIAL, PB SEAL (8,4G WITH 2,1 X 1,5 CM)
Apr 20, 9:30 AM CEST
EGYPT, ROMAN PROVINCIAL, PB SEAL (8,4G WITH 2,1 X 1,5 CM)
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €75- €150
€100 Bids
Egyptian Bookend Set: Osiris Statue Pair - (3.3lbs)
Apr 30, 9:00 PM EDT
Egyptian Bookend Set: Osiris Statue Pair - (3.3lbs)
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $450- $650
$2500 Bids
EGYPT, ROMAN PROVINCIAL, AE AMULET (9,7G)
Apr 20, 9:30 AM CEST
EGYPT, ROMAN PROVINCIAL, AE AMULET (9,7G)
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €200- €400
€100 Bids

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