• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 163

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE BUST OF AN ANCESTOR

    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII-XX, CIRCA 1550-1069 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE BUST OF AN ANCESTOR
    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII-XX, CIRCA 1550-1069 B.C.
    With finely modelled head, wearing tripartite wig
    9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm.) high


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    For similar ancester bust in The British Museum, see BM no. 73988. Also cf. S. D'Auria et al., Mummies and Magic, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1988, p. 149, no. 90. For a recent citation on ancestor busts cf. K. Exell, 'Ancestor Bust', UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, Los Angeles, 2008, where it states that only 150 extant examples of ancestor busts are known, with about half discovered in Deir el-Medina, not only from temples and chapels but also from domestic shrines in private homes.

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    Provenance

    French private collection, acquired before 1955.