• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 15

    AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE AMUN

    LATE NEW KINGDOM TO EARLY THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, CIRCA 1200-800 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE AMUN
    LATE NEW KINGDOM TO EARLY THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, CIRCA 1200-800 B.C.
    Solid cast and superbly detailed, the god depicted striding forward on his left leg, wearing a belted, striated kilt, the belt narrowing from back to front, embellished with rows of zigzag, centered in the front by a cartouche, with a very narrow waist, his right arm lowered, his left projecting forward at the acutely-bent elbow, once holding an attribute in his fisted hand, his neck bent forward, his youthful face with highly-expressive portrait-like features, including broad cheeks, the large almond-shaped eyes once inlaid, the modelled brows possibly inlaid in contrasting metal, a small nose rounded at the tip, and full lips with furrows descending from the corners of the mouth, the ears prominent, his smooth chin beard curled out at its tip, the now-missing plumes once inserted into the top of his distinctive crown; on an integral rectangular base
    6 3/8 in. (16.1 cm.) high


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    At the end of the New Kingdom and continuing into the early Third Intermediate Period there was a minor revival of Dynasty XVIII style, likely inspired during the campaigns to restore the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. This revival style can be seen, for example, in the painted sarcophagi of the period, which have eyebrows and kohl lines imitating those of the late Dynasty XVIII. The facial features of this bronze recalls that of Tutankhamun, whose stone statuary would have been visible in the Temple of Amun at Karnak and at Luxor Temple.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Charles Ratton, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 28 June 1966, lot 44.
    Mr. Evrard de Rouvres, Paris, 1973.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN HISTORIAN


    Literature

    R.A. Lunsingh Scheurleer, ed., Egypte, Eender en Anders, Amsterdam, 1984, p. 52, no. 70.
    G. Weill Goudchaux, "Promenade autour d'un bronze égyptien," in Art Passion, Revue d'Art de Culture, Geneva, 2007, p. 47-52.


    Exhibited

    Amsterdam, Allard Pierson Museum, Egypte, Eender en Anders, 1984.