AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE NEITH
EARLY PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 4TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.
Striding with her left leg advanced, her left arm projecting forward from the elbow, her right arm at her side, the fisted hands perforated for now-missing attributes, wearing the Red Crown of Lower Egypt and a tightly-fitted sheath, ornamented with incised bracelets, armlets and an elaborate broad collar, her eyes preserving some gilt overlay, standing on a rectangular integral plinth, inscribed around the exterior, reading right: "...the Heka-Bat(?) ... -em(?)-Hor, son of Nefer(?)-mose..."; back: "...her prosperity(?); may she give. ...for the Ka of(?)"; left: "Nesubit(?) Wahibre, son of Padihutbity..."
5¼ in. (13.3 cm.) high
Lucien and Hélène Mallerio, Paris, 1960s-1970s.
Anonymous sale; Tajan, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 13 November 2001, lot 60.