5 December 2012,
Price realised USD 56,250
USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
AN EGYPTIAN BASALT MALE TORSO
LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXX To EARLY PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.
Perhaps a priest, preserving the lower torso from a standing figure, wearing a smooth belted kilt, his navel indented, the back pillar with three columns of hieroglyphs, reading: "...beautiful...the great ones(?)...[body?] of the gods, he sails/travels that their Ka may make for the field of Pe (?), the King of Upper and Lower Egypt...the land rejoicing, seeing that his face is trampled/pounded, [he having been repulsed ??]..."
7½ in. (19 cm.) high
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The inscription suggests a relationship to a festival during which a deity, perhaps Horus, traveled the Nile in celebration of having trampled an evil force, possibly an incarnation of the primeval and traditional opponent, Seth.
Acquired by the grandfather of the current owner and brought to New York prior to 1948; thence by descent.
PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
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