An Egyptian revival gold and enamel brooch (Ch X) with ancient NK scarabs
Lot 38
An Egyptian revival gold and enamel brooch with ancient scarabs
£5,000 - 7,000
US$ 8,500 - 12,000
Lot Details
An Egyptian revival gold and enamel brooch with ancient scarabs
Late Middle - New Kingdom, circa 1800-1000 B.C.
Set with a central glazed steatite plaque showing on one side the king as sphinx trampling the enemy, named Amenophis III (Neb-maat-Re), the reverse with a water bird; flanked by a glazed steatite plaque with Taueret, with Bes on the other face; a plaque carved in relief with a fish, the other face with good luck motto 'Amen-Re is a strong arm to the one (above)', with two further scarabs within the lozenge medallion, one inscribed 'Amen-Re'; the other with cryptic writing of Amun, the left pendant with brown steatite scarab with uraeus and seated figure, another scarab above inscribed for Amen-Re, the central pendant with a greenstone scaraboid inscribed 'possessor of life, stability and health'; a small green glazed scarab inscribed 'all joy'; below a plaque 'happy year', the right pendant with scarab inscribed Amen-Re; the one below Menure, set in a mid 19th Century gold and enamel girondole brooch, 5in (12.5cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    19th century French private collection, contained in a custom-made jewellery box stamped with a crown and initial C, possibly for Charles X of France, (1757–1836).
    Acquired at the Drouot, 2nd March 1984.
    Kaplan collection, Paris.
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