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LOT 0028

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GBP (£) 15,000 - 20,000
EUR (€) 16,570 - 22,100
USD ($) 18,450 - 24,600

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£15,000 (EUR 16,575; USD 18,452) (+bp*)

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Egyptian Diorite Bust of a Dignitary with Hieroglyphic Inscription

Middle Kingdom, 2050-1652 BC

A diorite bust of a male dignitary wearing a wig which reveals the ears; facing forward; eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth in varying degrees of detail; partial hieroglyph at the back; mounted on a custom-made stand. 2 kg total, 20.3cm including stand (8"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a gentleman living in central London; formerly with Pierre Bergé & Associés, Archéologie, 25 May 2016, lot 11; formerly in the collection of Jean-Paul Bourgis, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, 1980; accompanied by copies of the relevant Pierre Bergé & Associés catalogue pages.
Literature
See Malek, J., Egyptian Art, Phaidon, London, 1999, p.193, fig.108, for an example of Ameny from a similar date and in a similar style; see Jean-David Cahn AG., Auktion 4: Antiquities, Basel, 19 October 2002, lot 550, for a similar example from a similar period.