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LOT 0025

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GBP (£) 20,000 - 30,000
EUR (€) 22,460 - 33,700
USD ($) 25,200 - 37,800

Sold for: £25,000
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Egyptian Statuette of the God Ihy with Gold Necklace and Silver Inlaid Eyes

26th-30th Dynasty, 664-343 BC

A standing bronze statuette of the god Ihy, depicted nude in an advancing pose; silver inlaid eyes, braided sidelock of youth; one hand by his side, the other outstretched at a right angle to his body, holding a tapering cylindrical staff, not belonging; he may once also have held a sistrum, an ancient Egyptian percussion instrument, or a menat, an artefact closely associated with the goddess Hathor; here, Ihy wears the Pschent crown with remains of uraeus, and an inlaid gold necklace with ib pendant around his neck; finely detailed facial features, with engraved Nekhber-vulture with spread wings to the back of the crown; integral lugs on soles of feet; mounted on a custom-made stand. 896 grams total, 25cm including stand (9 3/4"). Very fine condition.

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Provenance
Property of a gentleman living in central London; previously with Christie's, London, 25 April 2015, lot 163 [£50,000-£70,000]; previously with A.A.L., Geneva, 1980; formerly in the Singer family collection, Germany, acquired circa 1962; accompanied by a printout of the relevant Christie's, London, catalogue pages.
Literature
See Cairo Museum, Tomb of Tutankhamun - KV62 JE 60731-2, Upper floor, gallery 35, for a similar figure of Ihy.
Footnotes
Ihy, son of Ra and Hathor, was the Egyptian god of childhood, music and joy. He is alluded to in ancient Egyptian coffin texts, as well as in the Book of The Dead.