• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 169

    AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE SHABTI FOR THE STEWARD OF THE HOUSE, IPA

    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, CIRCA 1550-1292 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE SHABTI FOR THE STEWARD OF THE HOUSE, IPA
    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, CIRCA 1550-1292 B.C.
    Wearing striated tripartite wig and broad beaded collar, holding a pick, with seedbag slung over the right shoulder, with frontal vertical column of hieroglyphs
    6½ in. (16.6 cm.) high


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    Bronze shabtis are exceptionally rare in the New Kingdom. Contrary to the more typical shabtis for use in a burial context, bronze examples served as votive offerings, presumably to Osiris, and were placed in temples. For a shabti in bronze and of similar size, also dated to Dynasty XVIII, cf. shabti for Iuny in The British Museum, BM no. 32692.

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    Provenance

    Formerly in the collection of Law Professor Maurice Bouvier, acquired in Alexandria prior to 1930.
    Alfred Koller Collection, Alexandria.
    With Numaga Gallery, Switzerland.
    Formerly in a Swiss private collection, 1988.