London, South Kensington
4 November 1992
A group of Egyptian bronzes comprising a bronze figure of Ptah, holding was-sceptre -- 3¾in. (9.6cm.) high; another of striding Neith, feet and lower left arm missing -- 5½in. (14cm.) high; a seated Isis and Harpocrates -- 4½in. (11.5cm.) high; a Khonsu, with sidelock and holding crook and flail -- 2¾in. (7.1cm.) high; the upper part of a figure of Osiris -- 1½in. (3.8cm.) high; and a bronze kohl pot of tapering form, with two lug handles and everted lip, all on stands -- 4 5/8in. (12cm.) high, all Late Period (712-332 B.C.) (6)
Item 1: an ink inscription on the base reads: "Ready Jan 1893"
Item 4: an ink label reads: "Tel Basta F.H.P. March 1888"
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