Lot 4
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An Egyptian Indurated Limestone Head of a King, Early Ptolemaic Period, circa 305-200 B.C.

20,000 - 30,000 USD
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  • An Egyptian Indurated Limestone Head of a King
  • Egyptian indurated limestone head of a King with stone and glass or metal inlays
  • Height 4 3/4 in. 12 cm.
wearing the nemes head-cloth with fragmentary uraeus, his idealizing face with mouth deeply rounded at the corners, the large eyes, eyebrows, and cosmetic lines with remains of inlay.


Paris art market, 1920s/1930s (based on the Inagaki-stamped custom-made wooden stand)
French family collection, acquired in the 1930s/1940s
Belgian private collection, acquired from the above in the 1960s

Catalogue Note

For related royal heads with inlaid eyes see P.E. Stanwick, Portraits of the Ptolemies: Greek Kings as Egyptian Pharaohs, Austin, Texas, 2002, pp. 172-173, and 175. Also see a late 11th or early 12th Dynasty head with inlaid eyes and eyebrows in the Louvre, inv. no. E 10299 (E. Delange, Catalogue des statues égyptiennes du Moyen Empire, 2060-1560 avant J.C., Paris, 1987, pp. 36-37, illus.). 

A Late Period bust of a king in the British Museum appears to imitate the statue of Djoser in his Serdab; see F. Tiradritti, Pharoanic Renaissance, Ljubljana, 2008, Cat. 134.