A pair of black marble Egyptian statues, After AntinousLate 19th Century by L. Potet

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Lot 41
A pair of black marble Egyptian statues, After Antinous
Late 19th Century by L. Potet

Sold for £ 24,000 (US$ 30,574) inc. premium
A pair of black marble Egyptian statues, After Antinous
Late 19th Century by L. Potet
Standing frontally with their feet together, arms held at the sides, clenching bars in their hands, both wearing the nemes headdress with a stylised frontal uraeus, their muscular bodies clad in short pleated shendyt kilts, with various musical instruments gathered at their feet, mounted on integral rectangular bases, one bearing a plaque on its base reading Exposition de 1900, Medaille D'Or Paris, L. Potet, 41in (104cm) high

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:
    Having been exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exhibition, these statues won prize, the Medaille d'Or. Carved by Louis Potet (b.1866), they epitomise the fashion for Egyptian-inspired luxury sculpture.

    Figures of this type are after the ancient figures of Osiris-Antinous, the most well known of which are the marble statues of Antinous found at the Emperor Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, now in the Vatican Museums, Rome. A pair of similar black marble versions, also from Hadrian's Villa are now housed in the Egyptian Museum, Munich.
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