Choose Category:

Absentee Bids: Leaderboard
Bids: 2688 / Total: £253,997
Country | Highest | Top
Home > Auctions > 21st February 2023 > Egyptian Bust of Ptah

Print page | Email lot to a friend

Back to previous page


Use mousewheel to zoom in and out, click to enlarge
Gallery loading...

LOT 0032

Estimate
GBP (£) 8,000 - 10,000
EUR (€) 9,050 - 11,310
USD ($) 9,860 - 12,320

Opening Bid
£7,200 (EUR 8,144; USD 8,872) (+bp*)

Add to Watch list

2

Please login or register here.
Please use your registered email address to log in
Please enter a e-mail
Please enter a password
Please confirm to accept TC and Privacy policy

Bid History: 0

EGYPTIAN BUST OF PTAH
LATE PERIOD, 26TH-30TH DYNASTY, CIRCA 664-343 B.C.
8 3/4 in. (1.39 kg total, 22.3 cm high including stand).

A white limestone figure of the god Ptah with false beard, wearing an enveloping cloak and a broad wesekh-collar, holding the shaft of a was sceptre; serene, oval face with almond-shaped eyes and fleshy lips; remnants of dorsal pillar to reverse; mounted on a custom-made display stand.

PROVENANCE:
Ex private Belgium collection, 1960s.
with Vanderkindere Auctions, Brussels, Belgium, 26 February 2013, lot 261.
English private collection.

This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate no.11605-199743.
Accompanied by a scholarly note by Egyptologist Paul Whelan.

LITERATURE:
Cf. The Walters Museum, accession number 54.1017, for a similar figure in bronze created within this time period.

FOOTNOTES:
Ptah is attested from the beginning of ancient Egypt’s dynastic history and was a creator god, a god of craftsmen, and the patron deity of the Memphite region. The principal temple of the god was located in the city of Memphis.

The fragmentary back pillar on this statuette indicates that it was most probably a temple offering, originally inscribed with an invocation to Ptah together with the donor’s name. Such votive figurines with back pillars naming the god and the dedicator occur in various materials, including faience and stone.

CONDITION