An Egyptian gold and cloissoné ba-bird amulet

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Lot 3*
An Egyptian gold and cloissoné Ba-bird amulet

Sold for £ 66,920 (US$ 93,369) inc. premium

Antiquities

14 Jul 2004, 18:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

An Egyptian gold and cloissoné Ba-bird amulet
Late Period, 25th-26th Dynasty, 750-525 B.C.
The human-headed bird in gold, repoussé decorated and shown wearing a Broad Collar with central pendant loop for suspension, the legs extended under the body, the tail feathers indicated, the out-stretched wings with much of the original polychrome glass-paste inlay remaining in the well delineated cells, 2in. (4.8cm.) wide, a small indent in the back of the head, a tiny section of gold missing at the tip of one wing, in a fitted case

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Ex Huston Collection. Given by the late Mr John Huston to his wife, Ricki, then inherited by their son Mr W. Anthony Huston

    Published:
    Christie's 1997, pp.36-37, lot 169

    Literature:
    For the type cf. Fazzini 1975, p.126, no.110. Jewelry Ancient to Modern, 1979, pl.118, and Andrews 1990, pp.130 & 194, pl.113b.

    The Ba-bird represented the soul of the deceased.
An Egyptian gold and cloissoné ba-bird amulet
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