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Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
Gallery by appointment
Zurich, Switzerland

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Egyptian Alabaster Horus Falcon, 332-31 BC
$ 1350

Finely sculpted figurine of a falcon symbolizing Horus. The bird with incised circular eyes and linear rendition of the details. The wing tips crossed on the back. The falcon is standing on a rectangular base.
A hole on top of the head for the insertion of a crowning element.
Alabaster
Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, 332-31 BC
H. 3.2 cm (1.3 in)
H. with stand 5.2 cm (2 in)
Intact. Fine modelling and condition. Incipient perforation drilled on one side (perhaps intended as hole for suspension and discarded).
Estate of Anton R. Badrutt (1888-1967), collected 1920-1935 during his time as hotelier of the Winter Palace at Luxor.
Thence Swiss art market (details to purchaser)

The Swiss hotelier Anton Badrutt directed the famous Winter Place at Luxor and the Old Cataract hotel at Assuan.

The Winter Palace was built in 1886 and used as the residence of the khedive Tawfik and only later remodeled to a hotel. Egypt's king Farouk occasionally used the hotel as his winter residence. Many distinguished guests like Agatha Christie, Rudyard Kipling, Aga Khan and others put up at the Winter Palace, which became legendary after 1923 when Howard Carter discovered close by the sealed tomb of Tutankhamen.
Anton Badrutt’s guest book sheds light on the who’s who of the period.

Also Lord Carnarvon and Carter frequently used the Winter Palace as a base in Luxor.

The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed


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