An Egyptian Steatite Figure of the Lady Iset, Chantress of Sobek, 19th Dynasty, Reign of Ramesses I/early in the Reign of Ramesses II, circa 1292-1250 B.C.
- An Egyptian Steatite Figure of the Lady Iset, Chantress of Sobek
- Height 16 in. 40.6 cm.
acquired by the present owner from the above in 1950
The figures, names, and titles of Iset's children, all of them priests and priestesses of various other deities, were engraved on the side of the seat in a rougher manner than the carefully carved inscription on the back pillar, suggesting they were added as an afterthought and by a different hand.
Isolated representations of women in the round are uncommon in the New Kingdom, when they are usually represented as consorts in pair statues. For related examples see Museo Egizio, Turin, inv. no. 3094 (J. Vandier, La statuaire égyptienne, Paris, 1958, pl. CXLI,= C. Aldred, New Kingdom Art in Ancient Egypt, London, 1951, no. 55), and Walters Art Museum, inv. no. 22.106 (http://art.thewalters.org/detail/22976/seated-statue-of-nehy/).
David Pollak, one of three brothers, members of the famous Pollak dynasty of art dealers in Vienna, settled in France in 1927, returned to Vienna in 1934 to take over the family business, and left Austria permanently for Paris in 1938, upon Germany's annexation. His son, Jean Pollak (1924-2012), opened his own paintings gallery, Galerie Ariel in Paris, in 1952.