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LOT 0006

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GBP (£) 6,000 - 8,000
EUR (€) 7,010 - 9,340
USD ($) 7,600 - 10,130

Current bid: £3,800 (‡+bp*)
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(2 Bids, Reserve not met)   |   Current bid: £3,800
LARGE EGYPTIAN HEART SCARAB WITH HIEROGLYPHIC INSCRIPTION
LATE PERIOD, 664-332 B.C.
2 1/8 in. (68.5 grams, 54 mm).

With naturalistic detailing to the upper body and legs; base engraved with seven rows of hieroglyphic text, a version of Chapter 30b of the Book of the Dead; faience or glazed steatite.

PROVENANCE:
Ex collection Charles Bouché, (1928 - 2010).

Accompanied by an academic report by Egyptologist Paul Whelan.
Accompanied by a copy of a French cultural passport no.139368.
Accompanied by old sketches of the artefact together with a provisional translation of the hieroglyphic inscription in French; mentioning the god Osiris.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate no.11845-206822.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Israel Museum, inv.no.76.18.271, for a heart scarab in green schist; see Cohen Collection of Egyptian Antiquities, inv.no.249, for a small heart scarab in carnelian.

CONDITION