Auction Preview: Bonhams' Antiquities, London, July 6
What: Sale of Antiquities
Where: Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London
When: July 6, starting at 10:30am BST.
Public viewing: July 4, 2017 9am-4:30pm BST; July 5, 2017 9am-4:30pm BST
Top lots of the sale:
* An Egyptian limestone talatat relief fragment with cartouches of the Pharaoh Akhenaten. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Reign of Akhenaten, Circa 1351-1334 B.C. Carved in sunken relief with royal cartouches, on the left the Throne name of Akhenaten 'Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re' (Beautiful are the Forms of Re, the One of Re), in the center the new name of the king, 'Akhen Aten' (The one beneficial to the Aten), on the right a fragment of inscription probably referring to Nefertiti reading 'his...[probably beloved]...of the king,' 24.6cm x 53.5cm. Estimate: £60,000 - 90,000 (USD 77,000 – 1,16,000).
* An Egyptian granite head of a priest. Late Period, late 26th Dynasty, circa 610-525 B.C. His head characteristically shaven, with elongated eyes beneath gently curving brows, the upper lids indicated, the slightly smiling mouth with soft, rounded lips, the philtrum defined above, the curvature of the top of the head and temples, and the fleshy underside of the chin, naturalistically and subtly carved, 16cm high. Estimate: £60,000 - 80,000 (USD 77,000 – 1,03,000).
* A Roman marble male portrait bust. Reign of Caracalla, circa 211-217 A.D. Depicted life-sized, the head turned slightly to the right, the face framed with short curly hair and beard with a neat bushy moustache, the eyebrows engraved above upward-gazing articulated eyes, 36cm high. Estimate: £50,000 - 80,000 (USD 64,000 – 1,03,000).
* A Roman marble head of Apollo. Antonine Period, circa 100-150 A.D. The youthful god with his head turned slightly to his right, wearing a laurel wreath in his thick, luxuriously wavy hair, curls escaping onto his forehead, his locks drawn up into a top-knot, and bound behind in a low chignon, with tendrils falling onto his neck, his oval face with large almond-shaped eyes with thick upper lids, deeply drilled at the inner canthi, the closed mouth slightly smiling, 32cm high. Estimate: £50,000 - 70,000 (USD 64,000 – 90,000).
* A Roman marble figure of a young woman. Circa late 1st Century A.D. Depicted life-sized, the young woman standing on a circular integral plinth with her weight on her left leg, her right knee bent, wearing a long, heavily pleated stola and swathed in a palla, her left hand holding her drapery to her chest, wearing a diadem atop her centrally-parted, wavy hair, drawn back and bound in a chignon, her oval face with large, almond-shaped, unarticulated eyes with drilled canthi, a straight nose, and full, slightly parted, lips, her garments and hair deeply drilled, 152cm high. Estimate: £40,000 - 60,000 (USD 51,000 – 77,500).
* A Roman marble head of a satyr. Circa late 1st-early 2nd century A.D. Gazing down and to his left, his countenance serene, his thick, wavy locks bound in a wide fillet and crowned by a wreath of berries, his pointed goats' ears emerging beneath, 25.4cm high. Estimate: £30,000 - 50,000 (USD 38,000 – 64,000).
* An Egyptian limestone relief. Ptolemaic Period, circa 332-30 B.C. Carved in sunken relief with the figure of a king wearing a short echeloned wig, false beard and broad collar, presenting a sphinx as part of a temple ritual, a vertical column of text behind his left shoulder, reading 'performing (the ritual of) Maat for the Ka of...[the name of the god now missing],' 38.7cm x 97cm. Estimate: £30,000 - 50,000 (USD 38,000 – 64,000).
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