Ancient Egyptian Artifacts & Art : Sculptures & Statutes : Gallery 4

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Wishing Cup : The alabaster chalice represents a single bloom of the white lotus. Its discoverers called it the "Wi5hing cup" from it's inscription to Tutankhamun: "May you spend millions of years, you who love Thebes. sitting with your face to the north wind, your two eyes beholding happiness."

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Wishing Cup

Egyptian Frog Goddess Heket - Egyptian Museum, Cairo. 664-332 B.C. : The Goddess Heket, who was represented in the form of an Egyptian frog or with a frog’s head, was worshipped especially in the town of Hew-Wer as the female complement of Khnum. Together with other Gods she assisted in fashioning the child in the womb and presided over the birth in her capacity of midwife. Amulets and scarabs worn by women to protect them during childbirth often bear the image of the Frog Goddess. The life-giving powers of Heket enabled her to be adopted as a benign deity fit to accompany Osiris, in whose temble at Abidos she receives wine from King Seti I and is labelled “Mistress of the Two Lands”.

LOT 341 : 3"H , Bronze finish with gold detail

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Egyptian Frog Goddes

Osiris : Osiris was both god of the dead and judge of the underworld. In mythology, Osiris as a human king had experienced death, triumphed over it, and assured his devotees of a happy eternal afterlife. Murdered by his evil brother Seth, Osiris was resurrected by his famous wife, Goddess Isis, not as a human pharaoh, but as the mummiform king of the underworld. In this capacity, he was highly venerated and became the most important god in the Egyptian pantheon. It was believed that every king would become Osiris after he died, and worshippers of Osiris could themselves look forward to becoming an Osiris at death and thereby enjoy eternal life

LOT 917 : 12"H, Made of cultured marble with goldleaf

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Osiris

Egyptian Sphinx - Egyptian Museum, Cairo. 18th Dynasty 1450 B.C. : The word "Sphinx" used by the Greeks derives perhaps from the Egyptian Shesepankh "Living Statue". It designates a type of statue joining a human head to the body of a lion and symbolizes sovereignty combining the strength of the lion with a human intelligence. The Egyptian Sphinx was, with only a few exceptions in representations of some Queens of the Middle Kingdom, shown as male. Also, the Egyptian Sphinx was viewed as benevolent, a guardian, whereas the Greek Sphinx was invariably malevolent towards people. The Sphinx was the embodiment of royal power often shown smiting the King's enemies, or the King himself being represented as a victorious Sphinx trampling on his foes. This Sphinx represents King Thutmosis III wearing a striped "Nemes" headcloth protected by an Uraeus and a false beard.

LOT 337 : 7"L

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Egyptian Sphinx - Eg

Egyptian Scarab - Egyptian Museum, Cairo. New Kingdom, 1550-1196 B.C. : The scarab was associated very early on in Egypt with the generative forces of the rising sun and with the concepts of eternal renewal. The beetle is known for coming out of the sand backwards dragging its ball of dung behind it along the ground before depositing it in underground tunnels as a source of food for its larvae, therefore symbolizing the sun’s daily journey across the heavens from East to West. Because the young beetles seemed to emerge spontaneously from these tunnels, the Egyptians worshipped the scarab under the name Khepri: “He who came forth from the earth” or “He who came into being”. Thus the beetle was equated with the creator Got Atum from early times. Scarabs thus became potent amulets and were often placed upon the breasts of mummies in the position of the heart as a symbol of new life and were then weighed against the feather of truth in the final judgment. They were usually inscribed with part of chapter 30 of the Book of the Dead.

LOT 339 : 4.75"H, Statue / Paperweight

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Egyptian Scarab - Eg

Egyptian Cat Bastet - British Museum, London, 1200BC : The first reference to the domestic cat appears in the eleventh dynasty. Because it was hostile to snakes, it became a sacred animal of the Sun God. In the New Kingdom, the male cat was regarded as an incarnation of the Sun God and the female cat was equated with the solar eye. Feline figures may display a scarab, the symbol of the rising sun, engraved on the head or breast thus showing their solar significance. The domestic cat attained special significance as the sacred animal of the Goddess Bastet. Hundreds of figures were set up as votive offerings in the temple at Bubastis in order that the donor might share in the Goddess’s grace. Actual mummies of cats were buried by the thousands in special cemeteries in the area.

LOT 713 : 15"H

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Egyptian Cat Bastet

Triad of Mycerinus : This piece depicts Mycerinus accompanied by the goddess Hathor and the personification of a nome (province) of Egypt. This and other such triads associate Hathor with the king as guarantor of the fertile products for the royal cult.

LOT 828 : 13"H, polymer and hand finished

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Triad of Mycerinus

Patina Isis : Isis, the most famous goddess of ancient Egypt, was the wife of Osiris and the mother of Horus. Isis had a reputation as an enchantress. Her magic was allied to the wisdom of Thoth and was given to mankind as a skill of healing. Isis performed, for the first time in history, the rites of embalmment to restore Osiris to eternal life.

LOT 900 : 8.5"H

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Patina Isis

Bust of Queen Nefertiti - Dahlem Museum, Berlin 1365BC : Nefertiti means “the Beautiful one is Come”. The bust of painted limestone was found by the German professor Borchardtt in 1912 at Tel-El-Amarna, ancient Akhetaton, which was the King’s new capital in Middle Egypt in what used to be the workshop of the sculptor, Thuunes. Nefertiti was the daughter of a high dignitary of the Pharaoh’s court. She was the wife of King Akhenaton who ruled from 1379 of 1362BC. She was an influential Queen but she is principally remembered for her personal beauty and the lovely statue that was carved centuries ago. Details of the life of the beauteous Queen are veiled by the mist of time. One of her six daughters was Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun’s wife. Her tomb has never been discovered. Nefertiti’s bust was taken out of Egypt to Berlin under unclear circumstances.

LOT 712 : 13"H on Marble Base

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Bust of Queen Nefert

Mirror of Isis - Louvre Museum, Paris. 21th Dynasty 1000 B.C. : Egyptian mirrors always retained more or less the same shape as a flat, oval plate of polished copper or bronze often with a wooden or bone handle. Since the Middle Kingdom at least, the Sun-Disk provided a model for the mirror as in the case of this reproduction. The handle of this mirror is shaped in the form of the Goddess Isis. In the old Egyptian religion some Goddesses, usually Isis, Hathor and Mut, were presented with two mirrors as a cultic offering.

LOT 335 : 10"H

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Mirror of Isis - Lou

Eye or Horus - Louvre Museum, Paris, 1085BC : The eye of Horus also called Oudjat or Wedjat, is the left lunar eye which originates from the struggle between Horus and Seth. In this fight, Horus loses his left eye which is taken by Seth, but then Horus acquires spiritual sight, the eye of light. The eye was later healed by Thot and returned to Horus and then called the “Oudjat” (“the Whole One”). It was a symbol of the power of the God of light, and therefore a popular amulet for protection and good luck. Some oudjat eyes had an arm carrying the Ankh or the papyrus staff, symbol for “to flourish”. The eye of Horus was also used as a protection against the evil eye. From the late old kingdom, two oudjat eyes were placed on the door recesses of tombs.

LOT 721 : 4.5"H on Marble Base

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Eye or Horus - Louvr

The Falcon Horus : The Kings of Egypt associated themselves with Horus, the falcon-headed god.

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The Falcon Horus

Tuthmosis III : Tuthmosis IIII 18th Dynasty Egypt, according to William C. Hayes, curator of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dept of Egyptian Art (I 936-1963), " Was incontestably the greatest pharaoh to ever occupy the throne of Egypt." The achievements of his remarkable 32-year reign included: 1) the conquering of the Asiatic Hyksos in seventeen campaigns to greatly expand the Egyptian empire, 2) his consolidation of Egypt into an efficient organization of internal administration, 3) his exploitation of resources in a vast program of building to greatly augment the wealth of Egypt, and 4) the notable advances in Egyptian art and culture under his sponsorship. This statue is a tribute to the energetic character of Tuthmosis III, the sureness of his administration, and to the success of his conquests.

LOT 912 : 13"H, Of cultured granite

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Tuthmosis III

Sarcophagus of Tutankhamun : The sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun held his three coffins, one inside the other. Symbolism for magical purposes was an important feature of the Egyptian funerary regalia. The decoration of this sarcophagus is dominated by the four tutelary deities carved in high relief. At each corner the graceful figures of the four goddesses: Selket, Isis, Nephthys, and Neith are depicted with wings outspread and arms circling the sarcophagus as if to keep away intruders, protecting the body of the king. Complete with hieroglyphics, this magnificent replica captures the fine detailed beauty of the original.

LOT 916 : 7.88"W x 5.75"H, Made of cultured marble covered with goldleaf. The interior is elegantly lined in burgundy felt.

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Sarcophagus of Tutan

Throne Chair Box : The original golden throne chair was used for the most formal state occasions. Its principal decoration is of the Queen ministering to the King-certainly an intimate episode. At the front of the seat are two lions heads symbolizing the eastern and western horizons, over which each lion was believed to have stood guard.

LOT 461 : 6-3/4" H, of cultured marble, hand gold leafed and detailed

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Throne Chair Box

Netjer Ank : Netjer Ank the living god. Found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The king believed Netjer Ank would help him in his passage through the underworld.

LOT 833 : 11.5"H, cultured marble, gold leafed and hand detailed

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Netjer Ank

Taueret - Hippopotamus Goddess : Taueret was a mother goddess revered as the protective deity of fertility, expectant mothers and of women in childbirth. This astonishing statuette depicts "the Great one" represented in the form of a female hippopotamus with human arms, standing on lion's legs and leaning on the magic knot symbolizing protection. Amulets of Taueret were placed in tombs to invoke her protection when the deceased was reborn in the kingdom of the dead.

LOT 471 : 15" H, of polymer

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Taueret - Hippopotam

Nile Fish : The ancient Nile river was home to many creatures, and life flourished in its waters and along the fertile banks. Egypt was alive with hippopotami, ibis, crocodiles, turtles, fish and other aquatic life forms. The ever observant Egyptians associated the behavior and instincts of these animals with the story lines of their religion and adapted them into these tales.

LOT 533 : 3" x 5", Hancarved Soapstone

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Nile Fish

Ramses II Temple at Simbel : Hewn into the rock cliffs near the Nile River on the southern border, this massive temple entry stood as a symbol to remind travelers of Egypt's grandeur.

LOT 836 : 8" x 8", cultured marble and hand gold leafed

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Ramses II Temple at

Bes Ungent Vase : The figure of Bes was usually represented as a bandy-legged dwarf with ears, mane and tail of a lion. On the chest are inscribed the names and titles of Tutankhamun and Ankhesenanun.

LOT 852 : 12"H, Of cultured onyx, hand detailed

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Bes Ungent Vase

Ungent Jar : A recumbent lion. bearing King Tutankhamun's cartouche sits on top. On each side is a lively scene of animals engaged in combat. At the base are the heads of two Africans and two Asians, who were defeated in battle.

LOT 844 : 10.25"L, This full size replica is of cultured onyx with intricate hand detailing.

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Ungent Jar

Scarab Box : The sun god was symbolized by the scarab.

LOT 850 : 6-1/4" x 4", Of cultured marble and hand gold leafed

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Scarab Box

Perfume Mask : Among the most beautiful of the numerous alabaster containers found in King Tutankhamun's tomb was this two-tier vessel with a pair of ankh figures in the bottom portion.

LOT 838 : 12"H, cultured onyx with hand detailing

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Perfume Mask

Ceremonial Flabellum : This stately fan was used at important ceremonies and functions of King Tutankhamun. The semicircular palm of the flabellum had holes on the outer edge which held several long ostrich feathers. The gentle motion of the fan was designed to restore the breath of life to the King as well as to create the fresh breeze needed in the afterlife. Depicted on the palm are the hieroglyphic royal cartouches of Tutankhamun protected by two winged vultures representing the protective goddess Nekhbet: one wearing the crown of Upper Egypt, the other adorned with the tiara of Lower Egypt. Made of wood, covered in gold sheeting, and mounted on a long gilded wooden stick, the classical elegance of this piece represents the tradition of fine goldsmith craftsmanship during the Middle Kingdom.

LOT 856 : 11.75"H, This full-size replica of the upper portion of the long flabellum is reproduced in cultured marble and polymer, goldleaf, and hand painted.

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Ceremonial Flabellum

Ushabti - British Museum, 600BC : The Ushabti is a figurine, usually mummiform, which was placed in the tomb to carry out the necessary work in the next world which the deceased might be called upon to do. Ushabtis were also used to answer in the name of the deceased for the possible actions that they had done while alive – thus the origin of the name, Ushabti, “the one that answers”. Whenever the deceased was called in the next world to sow the fields, carry sand, etc., the Ushabti was supposed to reply, “Here am I”. The best examples like the one represented here were inscribed with a version of the sixth chapter of the Book of the Dead. It was believed that the recitation of the text could make the figure come alive to carry out the obligations asked for in the other world to the deceased. Here the Ushabti holds a pickaxe and an adze.

LOT 716 : 8"H on Marble Base

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Ushabti - British Mu

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