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Lot 0022
26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC. A silver statuette of the seated scribe Imhotep, holding an open papyrus on his knees above his pleated kilt, wearing a Broad Collar and with shaven head, resting feet on a square base and attachment spike to the underside of the body. 207 grams, 10cm (4"). Property of a London lady, part of her family's Swiss collection; formerly acquired in the 1980s. Imhotep was an Egyptian architect, priest, scribe and public official, who was active under Pharaoh Zoser of the Third Dynasty, who built the Step Pyramid at Saqqara. He was one of the two non-royal figures who became deified after death and continued to be worshipped for at least three centuries down to the 26th Dynasty. The other was Amenhotep, son of Hapu, an Egyptian architect, priest, scribe and public official, who was active under Pharaoh Amenhotep III of the 18th Dynasty. [No Reserve]

Condition

Very fine condition.

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Egyptian Silver Figure of Imhotep

Estimate £8,000 - £10,000Sep 03