An Egyptian wood and bronze goose
Lot 49*
An Egyptian wood and bronze goose
Sold for £86,400 (US$ 145,495) inc. premium
Auction Details
An Egyptian wood and bronze goose An Egyptian wood and bronze goose
Lot Details
An Egyptian wood and bronze goose
Late Period, circa 664-32 B.C.
The walking bird with left leg advanced, the sinuous bronze head and neck cast with a well-defined beak and recessed nostrils, the ovoid eyes with incised outline, the cedar wood body carved with folded wings and upturned tail, the finely detailed webbed feet with pointed claws, the textured scale-like skin finely incised, 11in (28cm) high, mounted on a wood base


  • Provenance:
    Property from the Estate of Jay Ward, Los Angeles. Acquired before 1950.

    Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, 1966.
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Age of the Pharaohs, 1974.

    Jacques Vandier, 'L'Oie D'Amon', Monuments et Memoirs of the Academy of the Inscriptions and Fine Letters, Vol.57, Mon Piot, 1971. The article discusses the cult of the Goose of Amon, listing only three known bronze and cedar wood geese, two of which can be found in the Louvre, the third being this goose, which was exhibited in Essen in 1966 and Los Angeles in 1974.

    H. Müller-Feldmann, Zeugnisse altägyptischer Kultur aus europäischem Privatbesitz, Ausstellung des Folkwang-Museums, Essen, vom 1. Februar bis 15 März 1966.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this lot will be sold subject to scientific testing of the wood and bronze. Please contact the department for further information. Mr Ward's private collection was largely formed between the 1940s and the 1970s. This piece was purchased in the early 1970s, not before 1950 as stated in the catalogue. It was also published in Christie's London, 14 April 1970, lot 43.
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