• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 8

    AN EGYPTIAN GRANITE LEFT FOREARM

    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, REIGN OF AMENHOTEP III, 1391-1353 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN GRANITE LEFT FOREARM
    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, REIGN OF AMENHOTEP III, 1391-1353 B.C.
    From a monumental seated figure of the goddess Sekhmet, gripping an ankh in her fisted hand, her feminine anatomy naturalistically depicted, the ankh atop a rectangular plinth overhanging the edge of her left knee
    23 in. (58.4 cm.) long


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    This arm probably came from one of the many seated statues of Sekhmet found in the Temple of Mut at Karnak. It is thought that the 730 such figures - two for each day of the year - constituted a sculptural version of the double litany of names pronounced each day for the goddess. She had various epithets including "the flame of Mut," but was also associated with Hathor, see pp. 225-226 in Kozloff and Bryan, Egypt's Dazzling Sun. For a similar example, but for the presence of an arm-band, lacking here, see no. 220, p. 140 in Roveri, ed., Egyptian Civilization, Monumental Art.

    Provenance

    German Private Collection, circa 1965.


    Literature

    A. Grimm, S. Schoske and D. Wildung, Pharao: Kunst und Herrschaft im alten Ägypten, Munich, 1997, no. 113.


    Exhibited

    Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Pharao - Kunst und Herrschaft im alten Ägypten, 13 September 1997 - 21 January 1998.