9 December 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 9,375
Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000
AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE IMHOTEP
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 304-30 B.C.
Depicted seated with his feet apart on a trapezoidal integral plinth, wearing a short pleated kilt, a cap crown and an incised broad-collar, a papyrus scroll unrolled on his lap, with an inscription, reading: "The Prophet Imhotep, Son of Ptah, Born of Kherdu-ankh," the roll in his left hand, his right hand curved around the edge, his large eyes inlaid, gold or electrum for the sclerae, black bronze for the pupils and brows
5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm.) high
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Acquired by the current owner's parents, circa 1955.
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