• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 359

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE COSMETIC JAR IN THE FORM OF A SOW

    LATE THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD-LATE PERIOD, 8TH-4TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE COSMETIC JAR IN THE FORM OF A SOW
    LATE THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD-LATE PERIOD, 8TH-4TH CENTURY B.C.
    The sow striding forward, elongated nose to the ground, ears pinned back against her neck, incised facial features, short tail and cloven hooves, the vessel aperture emerging from her back, on integral rectangular shaped base pierced three times for attachment, mounted
    3½ in. (9 cm.) long


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    Stone cosmetic vessels in the form of or decorated with pigs are known from the Predynastic Period (Petrie Museum UC15752 - UC15754). However the resemblance of the above sow to faience amulets produced from the Third Intermediate Period onwards would suggest a later date. Cf. C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, London, 1994, p. 35, no. 32a for a similar amulet of a sow.

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    Provenance

    Formerly in a French private collection, acquired in the first half of the 20th Century.