• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 31

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE SCULPTOR'S MODEL

    LATE DYNASTY XXX-EARLY PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 360-300 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE SCULPTOR'S MODEL
    LATE DYNASTY XXX-EARLY PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 360-300 B.C.
    Finely sculpted in raised relief with the bust of a king, perhaps Nectanebo II, in profile to the right, wearing a smooth Blue Crown, its lower edge with a double border extending into streamers in back, fronted by a uraeus, its hood fully displayed before two loops, one above the other, the tail running up, the ear naturalistically modelled, the face with a thin modelled brow above a slanted eye, the nose rounded at the tip, the lips pursed into a slight smile, his garment with a beaded collar
    2 15/16 in. (7.4 cm.) long


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    Similar royal depictions on so-called "sculptor's models" have been tentatively identified as Nectanebo II on the basis of comparison to reliefs on an inscribed red granite naos in Cairo and London (see pl. LXXXVII in Mysliwiec, Royal Portraiture of the Dynasties XXI-XXX). All share the same distinctive facial features and the two-looped uraeus fronting the Blue Crown. For related examples see nos. 28 and 29 in Bothmer, et al., Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, and no. 54 in Tomoum, The Sculptor's Models of the Late and Ptolemaic Periods.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the current owner in 1963.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN HISTORIAN


    Literature

    R.A. Lunsingh Scheurleer, ed., Egypte, Eender en Anders, Amsterdam, 1984, p. 64, no. 103.


    Exhibited

    Amsterdam, Allard Pierson Museum, Egypte, Eender en Anders, 1984.