12 April 2016
AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE IAH
LATE PERIOD TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 664-30 B.C.
The god seated with his feet on an integral plinth, his arms lowered with his hands resting on his thighs, wearing a short pleated kilt with a central tab, a striated tripartite wig fronted by a uraeus and surmounted by a crescent moon and lunar disk, and a plaited false beard curving out at the tip, a tenon below the plinth
7 ¼ in. (18.5 cm.) high, excluding tenon
with Charles Ede, London, 1976 (Small Sculpture from Ancient Egypt V, no. 18).
Private Collection, New York, Boston & Texas, acquired from the above, 1976; thence by descent to the current owner.
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According to R.H. Wilkinson, Iah was a lunar gods whose name translates to "moon," and was known in Egypt from relatively early times (The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, p. 110).
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