FOUR EGYPTIAN GLASS ARCHITECTURAL PLAQUE FRAGMENTS
PROPERTY FROM A PRINCELY COLLECTION
AN EGYPTIAN MOSAIC GLASS FALCON HEAD INLAY

PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.

Details
AN EGYPTIAN MOSAIC GLASS FALCON HEAD INLAY
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.
7/8 in. x ¾ in. (2.3 cm. x 1.9 cm.)
Provenance
The Groppi Collection, Switzerland; acquired in the 1920s-1940s.
The Groppi Collection, Christie's, London, 26 April 2012, lot 87.
Literature
W. Forman and S. Quirke, Hieroglyphs and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, London, 1996, p. 170.
Exhibition catalogue, Köstlichkeiten aus Kairo!, Antikensmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig und Museum August Kestner Hannover, 2008, p. 71, no. 19.
Exhibited
Antikensmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig und Museum August Kestner Hannover, Köstlichkeiten aus Kairo!, 2008, no. 19.

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Lot Essay

Although the mosaic glass inlays of this period are usually syncretistic, this representation of the god Horus is typically Egyptian; falcon-headed with tripartite wig, with the anthropomorphic shoulder below.
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