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Egyptian Seated Nehemet-aui Statuette

26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC

A bronze figure of seated Nehemet-aui modelled in the round, crowned with circlet of sacred serpent uraei, and an unclear form on top, possibly Bastet; circular recess in the forehead, possibly to accept an additional sacred uraeus, which was a symbol of royalty in a headdress or wig; forearms resting on lap, with fists clenched, in which would have been held a tall Was sceptre; detailing to the face, wig, hands, feet and anklets, with feet resting on a rectangular base; old handwritten label on base which reads '2036 / Egypte / Epoque / Saïte' in four lines; mounted on a custom-made display stand. 1.3 kg total, 23.6cm including stand (9 1/4"). Fine condition. Very rare.

Property of a Kensington lady; formerly with Roseberys Auctions, 22 October 2019, lot 49; previously with Beaussant Lefevre, Paris, 24 October 2012, lot 5 (€19,000); old French collection label to the underside; accompanied by copies of the Beaussant Lefevre listing; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10591-173403.

See The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 26.7.845, for a Late Period statuette of Nehemet-aui with similarities to the 26th Dynasty statuette offered here, which is the only other known example of Nehemet-aui with a crown of sacred uraeus.

Nehemet-aui was a minor Egyptian goddess, representations of whom, be it in relief or in statuary, are very rare. She is believed to have been the wife of the snake god Nehebu-Kau, or of Thoth, the god of learning. On the occasion her representation has been discovered, she has, like Isis, been depicted nursing a child on her lap, and has also been represented with a sistrum on her head.