Lot 11
  • 11

An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Harpocrates, Late Period, 716-30 B.C.

8,000 - 12,000 USD
31,250 USD
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  • An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Harpocrates
  • Bronze, silver, and obsidian
the Son of Horus seated with his feet resting on a trapezoidal footstool, his fragmentary right forefinger lifted to his mouth, and wearing a broad collar with remains of gold or electrum inlay, separately cast braided sidelock, and the crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, his face with large eyes and eyebrows overlaid and inlaid with obsidian(?), silver, and another material, the toenails overlaid in gold, remains of inscription silver-inlaid into black bronze on the sides of the footstool.


Denys Sutton (1917-1991), London, acquired between 1957 and 1972
by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

The inscription on the footstool asks "the child Horus, the first [...] of Amun" to grant "life, health, and prosperity" to a man whose name appears to read Paiouenhor.

Denys Miller Sutton (1917-1991) assumed the role of editor of the London-based arts magazine Apollo in 1962, and retained this position for about 25 years, during which he considerably expanded the scope of the publication, addressing sensitive art preservation issues, attracting new contributors among prominent art historians and writers, writing many articles himself, and devoting several issues to the collections of museums around the world. His strong and unrelenting interest in the visual arts was a lifelong pursuit: he served as secretary of the international commission for the restitution of cultural material after World War II, worked as an art critic for Country Life and the Financial Times, authored several books on painting, including works on Watteau, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Picasso, and Whistler, and organized several exhibitions abroad such as shows on Constable and Titian in Tokyo. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (vol. 53, Oxford, 2003, p. 382) describes him as an "astute collector of art."