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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 26

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE MOLD

    PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 304-30 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE MOLD
    PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 304-30 B.C.
    The thin square block sculpted in sunk relief with an ibis in profile to the right, the details of the feathers finely incised
    6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) wide


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    For a mold of a heron, together with a faience tile made from a similar mold, see nos. 130a-b in Schneider, Life and Death Under the Pharaohs, Egyptian Art from the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, The Netherlands. For another similar depicting a water fowl see no. 15 in Scott, Temple, Tomb and Dwelling: Egyptian Antiquities from the Harer Family Trust Collection. Scott suggests that this mold was probably intended for cold hammering a thin sheet of metal foil. The finished product would then have been affixed to a more complex work. These molds, like the so-called sculptor's models, may also have served a votive function.

    Provenance

    Collected by Gustave Jéquier (1868-1946).