29 April 2010,
London, South Kensington
Price Realised GBP 5,625
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE SCULPTOR'S MODEL
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.
In the form of a bust of a Pharaoh, wearing the nemes headdress, the long lappets over each shoulder, the face carved with fine idealised features, the almond-shaped eyes with lids delineated, the fleshy lips drawn into a smile, the top, back and base with incised gridlines, mounted
4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) high
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For a discussion on limestone Ptolemaic sculptor's models, cf. E. R. Russmann, Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum, London, 2001, pp. 250-1, no. 139.
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Formerly in a French private collection formed in the 1960s.