Lot 6
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An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Harpocrates-Somtous, 26th/30th Dynasty, 664-342 B.C.

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Description

  • An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Harpocrates-Somtous
  • Bronze
  • Height from modern base 12 3/8 in. 31.4 cm.
seated with his feet resting on an inscribed trapezoidal foot-stool, his left hand extended, his right forefinger pointing to his mouth, and wearing a small pendant suspended on the chest, broad collar, braided side-lock, and the nemes headcloth with uraeus and diadem of uraei surmounted by the hem-hem crown, his face with silver overlaid eyes, the inscription on the four sides of the foot-stool partially in sunk relief and formerly inlaid, the front translating: "Somtous the Child God."

Provenance

Egyptian family collection, Alexandria and Cairo, acquired in the early part of the 20th century in Egypt and Europe, and transferred from Egypt to northern European family residences in the early 1950s
Northern European private collection, by direct descent from the above in the 1970s
acquired from the above by the present owner in 2002

Catalogue Note

Cf. Cleopatra of Egypt, London, 2001, cat. no. 131, for a large bronze figure of Harpocrates in the British Museum close in size and solid cast like the present example.
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