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    EGYPT. Late Dynastic to Ptolemaic Period, ca. 664-30 BC. Bronze figure of a young Prince or Harpocrates. The young man or god is shown nude, in a seated seated position, hands on knees, wearing the Pharaohnic nemes headdress with Uraeus and a circular amulet on a chain or chord around his neck. Statue is 6.5" (17 cm) tall, on a custom lucite "throne" base 8.5" (21 cm) tall. Figure is broken at the ankles and rather crudely repaired; some areas the two-tone green patina have flaked off. Figure is otherwise intact, with an attractive patina and some light earthen encrustation.

    From the Estate of Madeleine and Joe Bain, Bel Aire, CA; acquired prior to 1973.

    This charming figure presents some puzzling features. One would normally identify it as depicting Harpocrates, the youthful embodiment of the god Horus, who is usually shown nude and quite often wearing the nemes headdress and seated as depicted here. However, he is often usually shown holding one finger to his mouth (imitating the Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol for "child"; the Greeks later misinterpreted this sign and made Harpocrates a god of silence), and with a youthful sidelock of hair emerging from his headdress. Most likely this statue represents an adolescent Egyptian prince, likely one of the Ptolemaic dynasty, in the guise of Harpocrates.

    Special Note: This item will be available for viewing at our Beverly Hills office only.


    Estimate: $3,600 - $4,600.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
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