Lot 8
  • 8

An Egyptian Red Granite Head of Ramesses II, reign of Ramesses II, 1279-1213 B.C.

30,000 - 50,000 USD
75,000 USD
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  • An Egyptian Red Granite Head of Ramesses II
  • Aswan granite
probably from a sphinx, the king wearing beard straps and the striped nemes-headcloth with fragmentary uraeus, his round face with full lips and large prominent eyes with long contoured eyebrows and cosmetic lines.


René Haase, 10, rue St. Georges, Paris, 9th arr., late 1940s
North American private collection, acquired in 1949, probably from the above, and brought to Halifax on the Empress of Scotland, August 13th, 1951


"Exposition Égypte-France," Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Pavillon de Marsan, 107, rue de Rivoli, Paris, October-November 1949


Exposition Égypte-France. Octobre-Novembre 1949, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Pavillon de Marsan, 107, rue de Rivoli - Paris, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1949, no. 47

Catalogue Note

A gallery photograph of the "Égypte-France" exhibition in the archives of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs (Bibliothèque des arts décoratifs) shows the present head displayed on a pedestal next to a cabinet filled with smaller sculptures. René Haase worked with the Maurice Bing art gallery in Paris for thirty-five years before taking over their Oriental Art business. He donated several works of art to the Louvre, the Musée Cernuschi, the Bibliothèque Nationale, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to the present head, three other Egyptian objects belonging to his collection were on loan to the 1949 Paris show: a Late Period limestone bust of a woman, a hand-shaped wood cosmetic spoon, and a small polychrome limestone relief fragment.