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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 27

    AN EGYPTIAN PAINTED WOOD FURNITURE SUPPORT

    ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN PAINTED WOOD FURNITURE SUPPORT
    ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Carved in relief in the form of a grimacing Bes, standing on a high conical plinth with horizontal grooves, his tongue protruding, with distinctive leonine facial features, his arms placed on either side of his bulging abdomen, wearing a short kilt with a long panel falling between his legs, a mortise for attachment at the back and at the top of the head, preserving black pigment for the skin, several small wood pins exposed along the right side
    24 3/8 in. (61.9 cm.) high


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    For a related example, now in Leiden, see no. 106 in Yoyotte, et al., Égypte Romaine.

    Provenance

    French Private Collection, 1970.