1: An Egyptian Granite Torso - The Striding King
Egypt, New Kingdom, 1550-1070 B.C. Carved from a single piece of striated granite stone / granodionte, figure depicts the lower torso of a high official or king wearing a heavily-pleated kilt. On the reverse, the lone line of hieroglyphic text has been deliberately obliterated in ancient times, by a process called "damnatio memoriae." This was often done upon the passage of one ruler to the next.
What makes this piece especially exciting is that only two New Kingdom pharaohs underwent this process, one of which was the notorious Queen Hatshepsut (one of only three women to rule Egypt), the other Akhenaten, who famously changed the Egyptian religion from the traditional polytheistic religion to monotheistic religion (it was quickly changed back after his death). 19"H x 10"D at base, with beautiful red vein passing through forward leg. Weighs in at 70 pounds. Crating required - email for shipping estimate.
Provenance: Ex-private Denver, CO Collection, purchased in Switzerland in the 1980s.
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