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"A DEPICTION OF AN ENTHRONED ISIS, WEARING THE CROWN OF HATHOR WHILE NURSING HER CHILD, THE INFANT HORUS;"
AN EARLY AND EXTREMELY RARE, BI-CHROME TURQOISE-GREEN CRACKLE GLAZED FAIENCE VERSION OF THE WELL-KNOWN "ISIS NURSING HORUS" FIGURAL AMULET, A STATUETTE/VOTIVE FIGURE WITH SEVERAL EXAMPLES OF MULTIPLE STYLES AND PERIODS EXTANT TODAY, BUT NO TWIN OF THIS PIECE IS KNOWN;
Egypt, ca. New Kingdom's 18th Dynasty - Saite Period/26th Dynasty (1350 BCE - 525 BCE).
Several styles of this figural amulet, made during the Saite to Ptolemaic Period, have been sold and studied in modern times, most with several examples of each style, yet none exist of this type; in addition it seems to be a very early version of the scene. The statue depicts an enthroned Isis, wearing the Crown of Hathor (the 2 Goddesses were commonly blended into 1 figure from the New Kingdom forward) while nursing the Infant Horus (the Falcon God), who's father changes depending on the era and location of Ancient Egyptian Religion, but most often the later concept of the God Osiris as father of Horus is taught. Common in nearly all depictions of the infant Horus, in this amulet the young god is shown with a noticeable Right-Side Lock of Hair (which would later be adopted by his Greek counterpart, Harpokrates). The use of Hathor's Crown by Isis seemingly appears only in the New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period, particularly in faience versions, with the exception of 26th Dynasty Bronze versions- which this example is not. Another aspect leading us to the dating of this piece being Pre-Late Period is the very particular bi-chrome coloring of the piece, a combination of two shades of green faience almost never seen, which this dealer has only been able to find on two pieces out of thousands upon thousands of faience examples reviewed, both of which are dated to either the New Kingdom Or Third Inter. Period (1) (the Late Period being the most common for amulets and statuettes from Ancient Egypt still extant today).
Other examples of this statuette in faience, of similar size, but of lesser condition, monochrome fainence, and pooring condition are available for sale online for between US$20,000-30,000; out of courtesy for fellow dealer's we will not publicly name these examples as they are still currently for sale, however should any person be interested in making a purchase a concerned with competitiveness of this List Price I will provide you with details of the other examples for sale. Including one example of monochrome faience smaller than the example here, of single color faience, made in a much later period, and having major parts completely missing from the piece....which is currently for sale @ US$22,000. Another similar but later example is listed at $28,000.
I GUARANTEE THIS IS THE MOST EARLIEST AND MOST IMMACULATE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS TYPE OF STATUETTE CURRENTLY FOR SALE...AND AT BY FAR THE LOWEST PRICE!!!
Dimensions: (Approx) Height 3 7/8" (9.7cm)- Without Base (Height: Approx 4 3/4" w/ Custom Base)
CUSTOM FITTED BASE WITH UNOBSTRUCTED 360 DEGREE VIEW OF THE STATUETTE, AS PICTURED WITHIN, IS INCLUDED WITH SALE
Condition: Excellent. Some Superficial Wear as is expected From 2500 years of age or more, But 100% COMPLETELY INTACT- NO REPAIRS, BOTH ORIGINAL COLORS OF FAIENCE FULLY VISIBLE AND APPEAR VIBRANT WITHOUT ANY REPAIR OR RESTORATION. A+++ MUSEUM-QUALITY!!!
Provenance: From A Private Los Angeles Collection. Legally Obtained and Guaranteed Legal To Own.
Ref: (1) "Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Faience" (Friedman, F. D.); Thames and Hudson; Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design; c. 1998; Pg 116-117: Vase In The Shape of a Trussed Duck or Goose.*
*Note: The Referenced Publicized Work Above has the identical Bi-Chrome Coloring and Crackle Glaze as well as the Same Period of Manufacture as Those of The Piece Offered For Sale Herein.
Cf: (1) Egyptian, Isis Nursing Horus, Ptolemaic Period ca. 332-30 BCE. Blue Faience, H. 17 cm (6 11/16 in); W. 5.1 cm (2 in.); D. 7.7 cm (3 1/16 in). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest Fund, 55.121.5.
(2)Egyptian. Isis Nursing Horus, ca. 712-525 B.C.E. Alabaster, bronze, 7 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 5 5/16 in. (18.7 x 5.7 x 13.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.400E.
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