• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 27

    AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE LION-HEADED WADJET

    LATE PERIOD TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE LION-HEADED WADJET
    LATE PERIOD TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.
    The goddess enthroned, her feet resting on a cushion, wearing a tightly-fitted ankle-length sheath, her arms both bent at the elbows and held at her sides, her hands fisted around now-missing attributes, the left hand with the palm in, perhaps originally holding an ankh, the right hand with the palm down, perhaps originally holding a papyrus scepter, wearing a plaited tripartite wig, a uraeus at her forehead, crowned with a cobra-modius supporting a double plume and a solar disk between elongated cow horns, her well modelled head with a finely incised mane, whiskers, and hairs along the top of the head and within the erect ears, her rounded breasts with the nipples indicated, the back of the throne incised with a falcon topped with a solar disk, its wings outstretched, lotus blossoms below, the sides with an incised feather pattern, an incised inscription around the cushion below her feet, reading: "Wadjet who gives life (to/for) Tasenhor(?)"
    15½ in. (39.4 cm.) high


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    Wadjet was the tutelary deity of Lower (northern) Egypt, the area of the Nile Delta. She was one of the "Two Ladies," the vulture goddess Nekhbet being the other. Every Pharaoh included in his long and complicated titulary a "Two Ladies" name. This was usually listed second in the order of his titles. Her name Wadjet means "the green one."

    Wadjet is almost always shown as a cobra, but she was often combined with the lion-headed Sekhmet, the goddess of war and pestilence.

    Provenance

    Monte Carlo Private Collection.
    Marcel Ebnöther, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 1970s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. & MRS. CHARLES W. NEWHALL, III


    Literature

    M. Page-Gasser and A. Wiese, Égypte: Moments d'éternité, Mainz, 1997, no. 182, pp. 271-272.


    Exhibited

    Basel, Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, and Geneva, Musée Rath, 18 March 1997 - 11 January 1998.