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    Sale 7659

    Antiquities

    13 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 93

    AN EGYPTIAN 'AMARNA' BLUE PAINTED POTTERY FERTILITY FIGURE

    REIGN OF AMENOPHIS III/IV, CIRCA 1390-1349 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN 'AMARNA' BLUE PAINTED POTTERY FERTILITY FIGURE
    REIGN OF AMENOPHIS III/IV, CIRCA 1390-1349 B.C.
    Wearing elaborate large wig, arms by her side, traces of blue on front and back
    5½ in. (14 cm.) high


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    An almost identical figurine was found with a model bed in a domestic shrine in House N.49.21 at Amarna, where it might have been the focus of domestic prayer for a successful pregnancy and delivery. Cf. A. K. Capel and G. E. Markoe (eds), Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven, Women in Ancient Egypt, Cincinnati Art Museum, pp. 66-67, no. 16b.

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    Provenance

    English private collection, acquired by the present owner's great grandfather whose collection was formed in the late 19th Century.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY