8 June 2004
AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE KHONSU
LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXVI, 664-525 B.C.
The moon god of Thebes depicted seated, his feet positioned together on an integral plinth, a tenon below for insertion, clad in a striated belted skirt, wearing a tripartite wig fronted by a uraeus, crowned with a crescent moon and solar disk, the striated false beard curved, the eyes inlaid in electrum and copper
6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) high excluding tenon
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 8 December 1986, lot 153.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1988 (Art of the Ancient World, vol. V, part 1, no. 69).
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J.M. Eisenberg and R.S. Bianchi, Catalogue of the Egyptian and Near Eastern Bronzes in the Collection of John Kluge, New York, 1992, no. 88-40.
Khonsu was an integral member of the Theban triad whose lunar associations complemented the solar associations of his parents Amun-re and Mut.
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