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Lot 0008C
Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 26th to 31st Dynasty, ca. 664 to 332 BCE. A stunning cast-bronze statue of Sekhmet (occasionally Sakhmet, literally "the powerful one"), the lioness-headed goddess of war, healing, and the sun who was worshipped primarily in Upper Egypt. She is depicted here with her left leg extended in a striding pose atop an integral rectangular plinth, wears a long, form-fitting gown over her slender body, holds her right arm to her waist and her left bent in front, and has pierced hands which at one time held additional implements. Her fierce feline countenance boasts a stocky snout with incised whiskers, a thin mouth, almond-shaped eyes, and perky ears, with a sun disk and a frontal uraeus surmounting her head. Fabulous green and russet patina enshroud this figure and imbue it with a classic presentation evocative of ancient Egypt! Mounted atop a modern gold-painted plaster base. Size: 1.375" W x 6.25" H (3.5 cm x 15.9 cm); 7.2" H (18.3 cm) on included custom stand.

A stylistically-similar example of a larger size hammered for GBP 23,500 ($30,366.58) at Christie's, London, South Kensington "Fine Antiquities" auction (sale 9088, April 25, 2001, lot 149): https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/an-egyptian-bronze-figure-of-the-lion-headed-2034737-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=2034737&sid=3736f3dc-b1a3-4ad7-a359-0194ebd4a328

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Condition

Original hand implements missing. Figure is ancient, and plaster base is modern. Small chips to base, legs, and head, with light softening to some finer details, otherwise intact and excellent. Light earthen deposits as well as fabulous green and russet patina throughout.

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Large/Fine Egyptian Bronze Striding Goddess - Sekhmet

Estimate $10,000 - $15,000May 22