• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 6

    AN EGYPTIAN SERPENTINITE THERIOMORPHIC VESSEL

    EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3000-2575 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN SERPENTINITE THERIOMORPHIC VESSEL
    EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3000-2575 B.C.
    In the form of a frog, the natural inclusions in the stone exploited to mimic the creature's distinguishing characteristics, the legs folded below with the feet articulated on the underside, the triangular head projecting forward, the protruding eyes incised, the vessel well hollowed, the rimmed opening centered on the amphibian's back, with two small perforated lug handles on either side
    3 in. (7.6 cm.) long


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    For a related example now in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, see no. 37 in Willoughby and Stanton, The First Egyptians.

    For information on serpentinite and its use in Predynastic vessels, see p. 56 in Ashton, Harrell and Shaw, "Stone" in Nicholson and Shaw, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the current owner in 1968.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN HISTORIAN


    Literature

    J.S.N. Wright, "An Early Egyptian Vessel in the Form of a Frog" in Objets, Revue Mensuelle d'Art et D'Archeologie, vol. 4/5, Geneva, 1970.
    R.A. Lunsingh Scheurleer, ed., Egypte, Eender en Anders, Amsterdam, 1984, p. 104, no. 217.


    Exhibited

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