An Egyptian painted wood model of a bull

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Lot 145*
An Egyptian painted wood model of a bull

Sold for £ 16,250 (US$ 20,301) inc. premium

Antiquities

28 Nov 2018, 10:30 GMT

London, New Bond Street

An Egyptian painted wood model of a bull
Middle Kingdom, circa 2025-1700 B.C.
Painted white with black markings, the small pointed ears and slender horns separately carved, the large eyes with black pupils, the neck carved with pronounced dewlap, with elongated body and long tail, the legs shown in motion striding forwards, 30cm long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Georges Halphen (1913-2003) collection, Paris.
    with Olivier Tiano, France, 2000.
    with Rupert Wace Ancient Art, London (Pharaoh's Creatures: Animals from Ancient Egypt, 2004).
    Private collection, acquired from the above in May 2004.

    Published:
    P. Germond, An Egyptian Bestiary, London, 2001, p.55, fig. 55.

    Cattle were important to the Egyptian economy and their ownership was considered a sign of high social standing among Egyptian farmers. For a model of a bull of similar size see S. D'Auria, P. Lacovara and C. H. Roehrig (eds), Mummies and Magic, The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt, Boston, 1988, p.101, no.33. The above lot may depict a single bull, though this was uncommon; more likely, it formed part of a scene of cattle-counting or butchery, or it may have been one of a pair of ploughing oxen. For a pair of oxen pulling a plough see D. Arnold, An Egyptian Bestiary, New York, 1995, p.51, no.62.
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