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LOT 0011

GBP (£) 8,000 - 10,000
EUR (€) 9,390 - 11,740
USD ($) 10,190 - 12,740

Current bid: £30 (+bp*)
(3 Bids, Reserve met)

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(3 Bids, Reserve met)   |   Current bid: £30
LATE PERIOD, 664-332 B.C.
7 5/8 in. (9 7/8 in.) (4.6 kg, 19.3 cm (5.18 kg total, 25 cm including stand)).

Carved in the round, depicting a male carrying a rectangular shrine intended to hold a figure of a goddess; arms and upper chest bare, strap to the chest to support an apron, dorsal pillar to the reverse; accompanied by a custom-made stand. [No Reserve]

From the collection of Danish furniture designer Ole Wanscher (1903-1985).

Accompanied by an academic report by Egyptologist Paul Whelan.
Accompanied by a copy of a photo of Wanscher in his office, circa 1960.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate number no.11843-207728.

Ole Wanscher was a leading figure of the Scandinavian Design movement. Wanscher was inspired by ancient designs, and one of his most famous creations, the 'Egyptian Stool', was based on folding chairs from Egypt's New Kingdom. This piece is visible in the background of a photo of Wanscher in his office, circa 1960.