Ancient Large Egyptian Ushabti w/COA

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Seller: massimiliano434 (512) 100%, Location: Milano, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 223238311776 A large and impressive ushabti for Amenhotep III DATING: XVIII Dynasty, 1,543 - 1,292 BC MATERIAL: faience DIMENSION: about 12 cm high! ORIGIN: Valley of the Kings, Thebes (Luxor), Egypt CONDITION: Worn but intact, hieroglyps on the front still visible, incrustations on the back. PROVENANCE: private european collection, legally acquired from an antiquities dealer AIAD member ("Association of International Antiquities Dealers"). Will be provided a copy of the COA released by the professional seller. IMPORTANT INFORMATIONS The item is guaranteed to be authentic as described. Will be provided to the buyer a copy of the COA released by the professional seller and a selling declaration released by me as a private seller. Please consider that a similar ushabti has an evalutation on the market of at least 350/500 $. I'M NOW OFFERING THIS AMAZING PIECE WITH A RIDICULOUS STARTING PRICE OF $99...TAKE THE CHANCE BECAUSE IT WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN! Thanks for viewing. Mediterranean Region. Southern-Europe to Eastern-Europe (possibly Greece). PERIOD Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age. Circa 4,000-3,000 B.C. MEASUREMENTS Circa 7,5 cm height. Circa 5,7 cm width Circa 1,3 cm depth (budstocks) MATERIAL Brown to grey marble stone. CONDITION Completely intact and in excellent state of preservation. The overall stone color of this figure is light brown with grey and dark brown inclusions. The surface is soft, with traces of original polishing and tooling. Possibly an ancient loss on the right side of the head and an ancient stress crack on one side of the body. STONE STRUCTURE The stone structure and stone surface show small ancient cracks and pittings, with deep hard sediment deposits and traces of ancient corrosion in the deeper layers of the stone structure. Entirely preserved, no restorations or repairs. The surface slightly cleaned, but still into the deep layers surface weathering are recognisable. PROVENANCE Legally acquired in 2015 from an antiquities dealer in the UK, AIAD member. Out of a private polish collection, 2000 to 2015. Previously in an important Greek collection of R. W. B. Pardiak, 1960`s to 2000. By descent to the above owner, acquired prior to 1960`s. Private Greek collection, by decent from the owner's grandfather 1930`s to 1960`s. Reputed to have been found / excavated prior to 1930`s in the mainland of Greece. DESCRIPTION Important Neolithic Marble Steatopygous Female Figure, dating back to 4,000-3,000 B.C. Although carved from a flat stone, the style of this figure can be recognised as "steatopygous", that is characterized by particularly full legs, buttocks and hips, undoubtedly indicative of fertility. This statuette is exceptional unless it`s relatively small size, skillfully designed composition, harmonious proportions, and the beauty of the highly polished stone. The represented figure is lying on the back or ground in burial context, with the arms over the breasts or in a sort of praying position. This figure cannot stand alone, without support. The figure is impressive in contrasting corpulent forms with sketched breasts, legs, feet, arms and vulva. Both the sophistication and distinctive level of abstraction define the present artwork. The lack of details is a typical characteristic of this ancient representations. The hair and the facial features are not indicated here, if not only a hint of a nose pointed upwards. The reason for omitting is probably the artist’s idea to keep the image without gender, age, and other individual attributes, as an "idol" should be. The statuette has considerable tactile appeal and was most likely designed to be handled. One does not exclude the opportunity that such figures were manipulated in some way during certain public or private rituals and ceremonies. Similar statuettes, both of stone and clay, were discovered in shrines and houses. Statuettes of sitting, standing or reclining figures with overexaggerated, voluminous shapes (especially of buttocks, breasts, and mid-sections) are characteristic of the neolithic culture and found in many areas of the Near East, the greater Mediterranean area, and also in Eastern, Central and Western Europe. They vary in style (with a more naturalistic or schematic approach in modeling the body, head and facial features) and material: commonly executed in baked clay, they can also be of marble, riverstones or limestone, semi-translucent alabaster, or various mineral stones such as steatite, schist or serpentine. The use of white/grey marble stone is more typical for the figurines found in the mainland of Greece. It is generally assumed that the steatopygous form relates such figures to the Fertility Goddess, the Great Mother (cfr. Marjia Gimbutas), whose cult was primary in the religion of early human civilization. She was considered the Mistress of life and death for human, animal, and vegetation. This present statuette slightly differs from the mostly known type, because instead of the ample mid-section that shows the sign of pregnancy, the waist is thin and the breasts are small, which may suggest that the person represented is young, healthy, and sexually attractive. This brings the idea that the concept of this image also included the implications of the goddess of beauty. IMPORTANT INFORMATION The item is guaranteed to be authentic as described. For transport within the European Union, no export license is required for this lot. Due to the importance of this piece, an export license must be requested once it has to be shipped outside the European Union. This goes through the heritage inspection of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. An export license will be arranged after the final sale and can take some time (up to 3 to 4 weeks). The seller can prove that the lot was obtained legally. Documentation seen by Catawiki. Shipping worldwide by insured&signed for mail. " data_translated="CULTURE/ORIGIN Mediterranean Region. Southern-Europe to Eastern-Europe (possibly Greece). PERIOD Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age. Circa 4,000-3,000 B.C. MEASUREMENTS Circa 7,5 cm height. Circa 5,7 cm width Circa 1,3 cm depth (budstocks) MATERIAL Brown to grey marble stone. CONDITION Completely intact and in excellent state of preservation. The overall stone color of this figure is light brown with grey and dark brown inclusions. The surface is soft, with traces of original polishing and tooling. Possibly an ancient loss on the right side of the head and an ancient stress crack on one side of the body. STONE STRUCTURE The stone structure and stone surface show small ancient cracks and pittings, with deep hard sediment deposits and traces of ancient corrosion in the deeper layers of the stone structure. Entirely preserved, no restorations or repairs. The surface slightly cleaned, but still into the deep layers surface weathering are recognisable. PROVENANCE Legally acquired in 2015 from an antiquities dealer in the UK, AIAD member. Out of a private polish collection, 2000 to 2015. Previously in an important Greek collection of R. W. B. Pardiak, 1960`s to 2000. By descent to the above owner, acquired prior to 1960`s. Private Greek collection, by decent from the owner's grandfather 1930`s to 1960`s. Reputed to have been found / excavated prior to 1930`s in the mainland of Greece. DESCRIPTION Important Neolithic Marble Steatopygous Female Figure, dating back to 4,000-3,000 B.C. Although carved from a flat stone, the style of this figure can be recognised as "steatopygous", that is characterized by particularly full legs, buttocks and hips, undoubtedly indicative of fertility. This statuette is exceptional unless it`s relatively small size, skillfully designed composition, harmonious proportions, and the beauty of the highly polished stone. The represented figure is lying on the back or ground in burial context, with the arms over the breasts or in a sort of praying position. This figure cannot stand alone, without support. The figure is impressive in contrasting corpulent forms with sketched breasts, legs, feet, arms and vulva. Both the sophistication and distinctive level of abstraction define the present artwork. The lack of details is a typical characteristic of this ancient representations. The hair and the facial features are not indicated here, if not only a hint of a nose pointed upwards. The reason for omitting is probably the artist’s idea to keep the image without gender, age, and other individual attributes, as an "idol" should be. The statuette has considerable tactile appeal and was most likely designed to be handled. One does not exclude the opportunity that such figures were manipulated in some way during certain public or private rituals and ceremonies. Similar statuettes, both of stone and clay, were discovered in shrines and houses. Statuettes of sitting, standing or reclining figures with overexaggerated, voluminous shapes (especially of buttocks, breasts, and mid-sections) are characteristic of the neolithic culture and found in many areas of the Near East, the greater Mediterranean area, and also in Eastern, Central and Western Europe. They vary in style (with a more naturalistic or schematic approach in modeling the body, head and facial features) and material: commonly executed in baked clay, they can also be of marble, riverstones or limestone, semi-translucent alabaster, or various mineral stones such as steatite, schist or serpentine. The use of white/grey marble stone is more typical for the figurines found in the mainland of Greece. It is generally assumed that the steatopygous form relates such figures to the Fertility Goddess, the Great Mother (cfr. Marjia Gimbutas), whose cult was primary in the religion of early human civilization. She was considered the Mistress of life and death for human, animal, and vegetation. This present statuette slightly differs from the mostly known type, because instead of the ample mid-section that shows the sign of pregnancy, the waist is thin and the breasts are small, which may suggest that the person represented is young, healthy, and sexually attractive. This brings the idea that the concept of this image also included the implications of the goddess of beauty. IMPORTANT INFORMATION The item is guaranteed to be authentic as described. For transport within the European Union, no export license is required for this lot. Due to the importance of this piece, an export license must be requested once it has to be shipped outside the European Union. This goes through the heritage inspection of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. An export license will be arranged after the final sale and can take some time (up to 3 to 4 weeks). The seller can prove that the lot was obtained legally. Documentation seen by Catawiki. Shipping worldwide by insured&signed for mail. "> Material: Faience, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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