6 December 2007,
Price realised USD 15,000
USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE SCULPTOR'S MODEL
LATE PERIOD TO EARLY PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 4TH-EARLY 3RD CENTURY B.C.
Preserving the head of a pharaoh, sculpted in high relief, wearing an unstriated nemes-headcloth fronted by an unfinished uraeus, its tail extending to a rectangular projection along the top of the head, with fleshy lips drawn into a smile, a large triangular nose and finely outlined almond-shaped eyes, the back of the head planed flat, with incised grid-lines
4½ in. (11.4 cm.) high
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French Private Collection, Lyon, 1920s.
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