AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE HEAD OF A QUEEN OR PRINCESS
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE HEAD OF A QUEEN OR PRINCESS
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE HEAD OF A QUEEN OR PRINCESS
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE HEAD OF A QUEEN OR PRINCESS
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AN EGYPTIAN BLUE FAIENCE COSMETIC DISH IN THE SHAPE OF AN ORYX

NEW KINGDOM TO LATE PERIOD, CIRCA 1388-332 B.C.

Details
AN EGYPTIAN BLUE FAIENCE COSMETIC DISH IN THE SHAPE OF AN ORYX
NEW KINGDOM TO LATE PERIOD, CIRCA 1388-332 B.C.
3 ¼ in. (8.3 cm.) long
Provenance
F. G. Hilton-Price collection, London.
Catalogue of the Important and Extensive Collection of Egyptian Antiquities the Property of the late F.G. Hilton-Price, Esq., Director of the Society of Antiquaries, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, 17-21 July 1911, lot 689, pl. XVI.
Comtesse Martine-Marie-Octavie Pol de Béhague (1870-1939), Paris; thence by descent to Marquis Jean-Louis Hubert de Ganay (1922-2013), France.
Antiquités et Objets d'Art: Collection de Martine, Comtesse de Béhague, Provenant de la Succession du Marquis de Ganay, Sotheby's, Monaco, 5 December 1987, lot 75.
with Galerie Günter Puhze, Germany, 2008.

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Lot Essay

This shallow cosmetic container or spoon is shaped in the form of an Egyptian antelope, now extinct, called the scimitar oryx, which is easily distinguished by the slender, long horns. The Egyptians attempted to domesticate this species during the Old Kingdom and to use it as a food source for gods and humans. Typically it is shown bound, because it was considered an enemy of Osiris.
For a similar faience dish without spots, see Eton College, Myers Museum, inv. no. ECM.799-2010, and a larger dish in wood in the Brooklyn Museum, acc. no. 49.54.

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