Lot 45
  • 45

A Canaanite Copper Figure of a Man or God, circa 1500-1000 B.C.

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  • A Canaanite Copper Figure of a Man or God
  • Copper
  • Height 5 3/16 in. 13.2 cm.
of highly stylized attenuated form, his clenched hands raised and formerly holding implements, and with cleft chin, small rectangular mouth, and enormous nose with large round eyes pierced through it, the hair falling in a wide crosshatched plait behind, and arranged in three tiers above the forehead, the lower part of the figure missing.


Gottfried Friederick Reber (1880-1959), Lausanne, acquired in 1928


Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva, 1946-2006


Dietrich Opitz, “Altorientalisch Altertümer der Sammlung G. F. Reber in Lausanne,” Archiv für Orientforschung, vol. 7, 1931-1932, pl. between pp. 232 and 233
Helmuth Th. Bossert, Altsyrien, Tübingen, 1951, p. 41, fig. 595, illus. p.183

Catalogue Note

Cf. Bossert, op.cit. figs.592-594; another closely related example is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, acc. no. 32.18.4.

The museum inventory number “Inv. Dep. R.1946.48” is written in white ink on the back of the neck.