• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 2

    AN EGYPTIAN FOSSILIFEROUS LIMESTONE MACEHEAD

    PREDYNASTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3200 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN EGYPTIAN FOSSILIFEROUS LIMESTONE MACEHEAD
    PREDYNASTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3200 B.C.
    Dark brown with white coral inclusions, ovoid in form, the narrow end with a deep tapering drill hole, the broad end with a shallow cylindrical drill hole
    2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) long


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    Fossiliferous limestone is a fairly rare material in ancient Egypt. For a Predynastic figure of a frog in the same material see no. 20 in Page-Gasser and Wiese, Ägypten, Augenblicke der Ewigkeit.

    Provenance

    Belgian Private Collection, 1970s.
    with Dominique Thirion, Brussels.