4 June 2015
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE SCULPTOR'S MODEL
LATE PERIOD, 30TH DYNASTY, 380-343 B.C.
Depicting the bust of a pharaoh, possibly Nectanebo II, wearing a nemes-headcloth with a double looped uraeus, its tail extending back over the crown, with finely-modeled ears and facial features; the reverse preserving some grid lines
4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) high
Private Collection, Europe, acquired in Cairo.
Private Collection, Iran, gifted from the above, 1957; brought to Paris, late 1970s.
The Property of a Gentleman; Antiquitie, Christie's, London, 9 December 1993, lot 160.
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For a similar example depicting Nectanebo II see N. Tomoum, The Sculptors' Models of the Late and Ptolemaic Periods, no. 9, pl. 11c-d.
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