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LOT 0058

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GBP (£) 5,000 - 7,000
EUR (€) 5,980 - 8,370
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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £4,500 (+bp*)

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £4,500
EGYPTIAN WOODEN PRINCESS FIGURINE
EARLY NEW KINGDOM, 1569-1480 B.C.

A carved wooden figure of a princess advancing, wearing a Broad Collar, tripartite wig and uraeus to the brow; fly whisk held in the left hand across the chest; pierced below the lappet of the wig; mounted on a custom-made display stand. 9 in. (9 5/8 in.) (160 grams, 23 cm (292 grams total, 24.5 cm including stand)).

PROVENANCE:
Acquired in the 1960s.
From the collection of the late Egyptologist Surgeon Commander PHK Gray RN.
From a Surrey, UK, collection.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate no.11295-192738.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Barbotin, C., Les statues égyptiennes du Nouvel empire – statues royales et divines, Planches, Paris, 2007, pp.154-159, for a 19th Dynasty wooden statuette of Ahmose-Nefertari.

FOOTNOTES:
The distinctive tripartite wig which leaves a gap behind the neck is a characteristic style for royal ladies of the late Second Intermediate Period-early 18th Dynasty, the most well-known being Ahmose-Nefertari, wife of the pharaoh Ahmose, founder of the 18th Dynasty. Many two- and three-dimensional archaising representations of Ahmose-Nefertari wearing a more elaborate version of this wig survive from the 19th Dynasty, when she was worshipped as a deity. However, the treatment of the face places this statuette earlier.

CONDITION