• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 19

    AN EGYPTIAN YELLOW LIMESTONE BES

    LATE PERIOD, CIRCA 600 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN EGYPTIAN YELLOW LIMESTONE BES
    LATE PERIOD, CIRCA 600 B.C.
    The bandy-legged leonine deity with the characteristic large head and ample stomach, his hair a mass of delicately incised comma-shaped locks, his hairy ears projecting to the sides, the radiating mane with each whisker terminating in a tight curl, his mouth open, the tongue originally inlaid, grooved wrinkles along the bridge of his wide nose, the eyes recessed for now-missing inlays, with tapering arched horn-like brows, his head surmounted by a square modius, wearing a cheetah skin, the forepaws incised along his chest, the hind legs along the sides of his thighs, the tail between his buttocks, the diminutive feline head worn as a pendant at his chest, a belt tied below his paunchy belly
    3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Jay C. Leff, Pennsylvania, circa 1960.
    Jack Josephson, acquired in 1976.
    with Charles Ede, London, 2005 (Egyptian Antiquities, no. 6).


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. & MRS. CHARLES W. NEWHALL, III


    Literature

    J. Haskins, Near Eastern and Far Eastern Art from the Collection of Jay C. Leff, New York, 1964, no. 19.


    Exhibited

    The American Federation of Arts, New York, Near Eastern and Far Eastern Art from the Collection of Jay C. Leff, 1965-1967.
    The Brooklyn Museum of Art.