9 December 2008,
Price realised USD 43,750
USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
A PAIR OF EGYPTIAN GLASS EYE INLAYS
NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII-XX, 1550-1070 B.C.
Composed of white calcite sclerae set with obsidian irises, the sclerae with naturalistic red painted veining toward the tear ducts, the ensemble inlaid into contoured blue glass lids with extending cosmetic lines
Each: 3½ in. (8.9 cm.) long (2)
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For a similar example see no. 456, p.172 in Goldstein, Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass.
Jean Deriat, Paris, acquired circa 1950.
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