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LOT 0520

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GBP (£) 200 - 300
EUR (€) 230 - 350
USD ($) 240 - 360

Sold for (Inc. bp): £111

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EGYPTIAN STONE ELEPHANT HEAD AMULET
NAQADA II-DYNASTY 1, CIRCA 3650-2649 B.C.
2 3/8 in. (62 grams, 60 mm).

A stylised grey stone elephant head amulet with pierced eyes and a long trunk. [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
Acquired in the 1970s.
From a private French estate of Mr G.
Ex Rieunier & Associes, Paris, France, in 2007.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Petrie, W.M.F., Amulets, London, 1914, pl.XXXVIII, no.212a-m.

FOOTNOTES:
Such amulets were produced in ivory and stone and were once considered to represent the head of a bovid, although more recent discoveries at Hierakonpolis, where actual elephants were buried, have confirmed that the amulets represent stylised elephant heads (for a discussion with examples, see Patch, D.C., Dawn of Egyptian Art, New York, 2011, pp.52-54, figs.50-52).

CONDITION