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LOT 0024

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GBP (£) 25,000 - 35,000
EUR (€) 27,530 - 38,550
USD ($) 32,430 - 45,400

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£22,500 (EUR 24,780; USD 29,186) (+bp*)

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Egyptian Attacking Horus with Inscription

26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC

A bronze figure of striding Horus, right arm raised with hand clenched and hollow to accept a spear, left arm bent with fist clenched; the god with hawk head, tripartite wig and Pschent (double crown) of Upper and Lower Egypt with frontal uraeus; rectangular base with hieroglyphic inscription: 'May Horus, Lord of Heaven, Grant Life, Prosperity, Health, a long lifetime [and a good] old age', with the mother's name '[Nes]gereh'; mounted on a custom-made stand. 667 grams total, 22cm including stand (8 1/2"). Very fine condition.

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Provenance
Ex Soumekh collection, during the late 1990s and early 2000s; formerly in the private collection of Mr Christopher Laurent, Brussels, Belgium; acquired from a local dealer in 1963; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10120-167437.
Literature
Cf. similar upper body pose adopted by Horus of Pe figure in the British Museum, accession number 1880,0210.4, published in Andrews, C., Egyptian Treasures from the British Museum, London,
2000, p.70-71.
Footnotes
The posture represents Horus slaying the evil god Seth, represented as a hippopotamus and particularly seen in reliefs carved on the wall in the outer ambulatory in his principle temple of Ptolemaic date at Edfu.