An Egyptian rose granite male head
Lot 17
An Egyptian rose granite male head
Sold for £15,000 (US$ 23,427) inc. premium

Lot Details
An Egyptian rose granite male head
An Egyptian rose granite male head
New Kingdom, early 18th Dynasty, circa 1479-1400 B.C.
Probably from a private block statue or stelephoros, wearing a plain wig flaring behind his large ears, the sloping almond-shaped eyes with extended cosmetic lines and matching eyebrows, with remains of the right shoulder beneath the wig, 6¼in (15.9cm) high; 8½in (21.5cm) wide, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Dutch private collection. Acquired by the present owner's grandfather before 1974, from Hassan Mohmamed Mahmoud, licenced dealer No.92, Luxor, Egypt, thence by descent. Accompanied by a copy of the original receipt and a photograph of the vendor's grandfather with the shop owner.

    Literature:
    The shape of the eyes are characteristic of portraiture of the early 18th Dynasty, particularly from the reign of Tuthmosis III. The head is of a private individual and from the truncated join of head to body, appears to be from a block statue or perhaps a stelephoros. For a stylistically similar complete block statue from the reign of Tuthmosis III, cf. The Luxor Museum of Ancient Egyptian Art, 1979, pp. 58-19, fig. 47.
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