Lot 8
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An Egyptian Limestone Torso of a King, 30th Dynasty/early Ptolemaic Period, circa 380-250 B.C.

5,000 - 8,000 USD
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  • An Egyptian Limestone Torso of a King
  • Limestone
  • Height 6 1/2 in. 16.5 cm.
probably a sculptor’s model or votive offering, striding and wearing a pleated royal kilt with off-center tab and long “streamer” falling from the belt, incised grid lines on the flat surfaces of the neck and right shoulder.


Nicolas Landau (1887-1979), Paris
Galerie J. Kugel, Paris, and Axel Vervoordt, Belgium


Galerie J. Kugel and Axel Vervoordt, Hommage à Nicolas Landau, "Prince des Antiquaires" (1887-1979), Paris, 2006, cover illus.

Catalogue Note

A torso of a king very similar in form in the Louvre, inv. no. E 22752, is inscribed for Nectanebo I (380-362 B.C.) (W. Seipel, Gott, Mensch, Pharao, Vienna, 1992, p. 473). Also compare Ägyptisches Museum Berlin, Berlin, 1967, nos. 970-971, G. Steindorff, Catalogue of the Egyptian Sculpture in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 1947, nos. 295-296, and Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, November 21st-22nd, 1975, no. 390. For another torso with an unusual treatment of the belt see Brooklyn Museum of Art, inv. no. 51.67 (Brooklyn, Five Years of Collecting Egyptian Art, Brooklyn, 1956, pl. 33). For a recent study see N. Tomoum, The Sculptors' Models of the Late and Ptolemaic Periods, Cairo, 2005, pp. 74 and 84, cat. nos. 103-107, pls. 57-58.