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A GRAECO-ROMAN IVORY INLAY OF ARTEMIS
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VA… Read more THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE WILHELM HORN (1870-1959) Lots 28-54 Mediterranean World Lots 55-93 Egyptian THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE WILHELM HORN As a young school boy, Wilhelm Horn was fascinated by Egyptology and Greek and Roman mythology. Before he had graduated he had started collecting, but it was his marriage to Anna Winkelmann who shared his deep interest, which turned his hobby into a passion. Wilhelm Horn's career as a Berlin banker enabled him to have the financial means by which to build his collection between 1926-1938, whether travelling extensively in Egypt or acquiring objects in Berlin. The breadth and richness of this collection was the outcome of his friendship with some of the notable names in the art and academic fields at the time - Heinrich Schafer, Karl Anton Neugebauer, the Hartmanns in Cairo, and the Directors of the Egyptian museums in both Cairo and Berlin. His life-long friend and travelling companion was the young painter Kurt Lange who combined a knowledge of art with Egyptology. Many of the objects from the Horn collection have been exhibited, most notably at the Antiken aus Rheinischem Privatbesitz held in Bonn in 1973/4. However, the heirs have now decided to offer the collection on the open market, following the counsel of their grandfather's friend Professor Dr. Robert Zahn, Director of the State Museum of Berlin, who, when the famous Schiller collection in Berlin came on the market in 1929 (at which auction Wilhem Horn bought several pieces) wrote: "Once more the objects are to be spread all over the world ... Our times however have taught us emphatically that nothing is firm, that everything is ever moving. From the dissolution of this remarkable collection new endeavours will germinate. The various objects will arouse a wide interest in the wonderful field of [Egyptian], Greek and Roman Art."
A GRAECO-ROMAN IVORY INLAY OF ARTEMIS

CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C./A.D.

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A GRAECO-ROMAN IVORY INLAY OF ARTEMIS
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C./A.D.
The profile bust of the goddess facing left, hair pulled back and bound in a chignon, eyes recessed for inlay (now missing), her quiver visible over her shoulder, remains of coloured pigment, repaired
2¼ in. (5.6 cm.) diam.
Provenance
Wilhelm Horn (1870-1959); acquired from Dr Lederer, 1933.
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Lot Essay

Cf. R. H. Randall, Jr., Masterpieces of Ivory from the Walters Art Gallery, London, 1985, pp. 66-67, no. 67, for similar ivory furniture applique with satyr head. For a couch decorated with bone attachments, cf. E. Vassilika, Greek and Roman Art, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1998, p. 90, no. 43 (GR. 3. 1973).
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