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LOT 0007

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GBP (£) 400 - 600
EUR (€) 440 - 660
USD ($) 520 - 780

Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £270

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £270

Egyptian Bronze Statuette Group

Late Period, 664-332 BC

An old diorama formed with two bronze figures, Osiris wearing the tall plumed Atef crown with uraeus, standing with arms crossed holding sceptres; Isis seated, suckling the infant Horus on her lap; mounted on a tiered modern wooden stand with faux-hieroglyphs, marked to the reverse 'Bronze cult figures of Osiris, Isis and Horus, Saite Period, circa 700-550 B.C.' and to the underside 'The Osiris was found beside the sacred lake at the temple at Karnak, Dec 1916'. 114 grams total, 10.5cm including stand (4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
From the private collection of Antony John Scammell (1937-2019); acquired on the UK art market from 1960-2000.
Footnotes
Antony John Scammell (1937-2019) was born, and lived his entire life, in the city of Bristol, England. Already from an early age he was enthralled by history and the heroes that it created. While serving overseas with the British Army, Antony began collecting coins and banknotes and this led to collecting a variety of different items throughout his life. From the early 1960s onward, Antony invested in acquiring ancient artefacts. Antony's vast collections started with Egyptian antiquities, but soon branched into Greek and Roman civilisations. The Roman civilisation fascinated him most and, when family commitments allowed, archaeological digs were coordinated in the west of England. These digs uncovered numerous artefacts, many of which were donated to local museums. In retirement, the collecting continued apace, branching into UK coins, British Empire banknotes and fossils.