• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2565

    Antiquities

    8 June 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 23

    AN EGYPTIAN GRANITE HEAD OF A WOMAN

    LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXIX-XXX, 399-343 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN EGYPTIAN GRANITE HEAD OF A WOMAN
    LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXIX-XXX, 399-343 B.C.
    Depicted with an oval face, her full smiling lips dimpled at the corners, the convex eyes finely outlined, with extending cosmetic lines and conforming brows, wearing a smooth voluminous short wig exposing her ears, the back pillar inscribed on two faces, partially defaced, preserving an inscription on the right side, reading: "...Chief of the Hall, the Wes[tern] side...," the lacuna above indicating that the subject of this sculpture might be the daughter or wife of the official indicated in the inscription
    3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) high


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    For the wig see the female figures in a procession of offering-bearers on the Dynasty XXX relief of Horhotep from Buto, pp. 370-371 in Tiradritti, ed., Egyptian Treasures from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

    Provenance

    with Dikran Kelekian, New York, 1952.
    Hillman Collection, New York; thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, NEW YORK