Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
AN EGYPTIAN HIPPOPOTAMUS IVORY LION
EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD, DYNASTY I-II, 2920-2649 B.C.
Reclining on an integral plinth, rounded at the back, square at the front, with the forepaws outstretched, the hood-like mane raised from the shoulders, the face with the drilled ears flat against the head, the eyes with black inlays for the pupils, the nostrils and corners of the mouth drilled, with horizontal grooves along the haunches; two mortises on the underside for attachment
3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) long
Dr. Jacob Hirsch; Hess and Schab, Lucerne, 7 December 1957, lot 147.
The Leo Mildenberg Collection; Christie's, London, 26-27 October 2004, lot 414.
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A.P. Kozloff, D.G. Mitten and M. Sguaitamatti, More Animals in Ancient Art from the Leo Mildenberg Collection, Mainz am Rhein, 1983, no. II, 45, p. 17.
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