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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 120

    AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE IAH

    LATE PERIOD TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 664-30 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE IAH
    LATE PERIOD TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 664-30 B.C.
    The god seated with his feet on an integral plinth, his arms lowered with his hands resting on his thighs, wearing a short pleated kilt with a central tab, a striated tripartite wig fronted by a uraeus and surmounted by a crescent moon and lunar disk, and a plaited false beard curving out at the tip, a tenon below the plinth
    7 ¼ in. (18.5 cm.) high, excluding tenon


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    According to R.H. Wilkinson, Iah was a lunar gods whose name translates to "moon," and was known in Egypt from relatively early times (The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, p. 110).

    Provenance

    with Charles Ede, London, 1976 (Small Sculpture from Ancient Egypt V, no. 18).
    Private Collection, New York, Boston & Texas, acquired from the above, 1976; thence by descent to the current owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY