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Christie's Catalogue The Northampton Sekhemka. Early Egyptian Limestone Statue

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Seller: bigballs*7 (1,724) 99%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 183387409878 Christie’s Auction Catalogue Title: - The Northampton Sekhemka Date of Sale: 10 July 2014 Venue of Sale: Lodon This is a larger than A4 catalogue with one item only - The Northampton Sekhemka Beautifully photographed Catalogue with lots of clear colour photographs and full descriptions of each piece of the statue with full details including provenance where known. One piece covering the craftsmanship of Ancient Egypt This Catalogue would be of great interest and a great reference source for Collectors, Dealers, Students, Teachers, Scholars, Academics, Artists, Set Designers, Interior Designers, Costume Designers, and anyone who is interested in the History, Art, Culture, Craftsmanship and beauty of ancient antiquities NB: You cannot order products from this catalogue as the sale has now finished. This catalogue is for information and reference only. This item caused much controversy when it was sold. Causing it’s sellers Northampton Council Museum to lose their Arts Council accreditation Northampton Borough Council’s decision to put the 4,500-year-old statue up for auction caused outrage four years ago and subsequently saw the museum stripped of its Arts Council England accreditation. It was sold at Christie’s in July 2014 to an anonymous buyer for £15.8m and the Government put a temporary export ban on it in the hope a domestic buyer would match the sum to keep the treasured object in the UK. Campaigners from the Save Sekhemka Action Group said the work “will almost certainly disappear from public view, possibly forever”. AN EXCEPTIONAL EGYPTIAN PAINTED LIMESTONE STATUE FOR THE INSPECTOR OF THE SCRIBES SEKHEMKA OLD KINGDOM, DYNASTY 5, CIRCA 2400-2300 B.C. AN EXCEPTIONAL EGYPTIAN PAINTED LIMESTONE STATUE FOR THE INSPECTOR OF THE SCRIBES SEKHEMKA OLD KINGDOM, DYNASTY 5, CIRCA 2400-2300 B.C. Depicted seated, wearing a tight-fitting wig with rows of carefully-cut curls, his expressive face beautifully carved with subtly modelled brows, his eyes looking slightly downward, with a short nose and a softly modelled mouth, the slightly smiling lips outlined by a raised vermillion line, wearing a short pleated kilt with a knotted belt and a pleated tab angled above, holding a partially unrolled papyrus scroll on his lap with a hieroglyphic inscription listing twenty-two varied offerings, his powerful bare chest with clearly indicated collar bones, muscular arms and strong legs, his hands finely detailed, a hieroglyphic inscription on the seat reading: “Inspector of the scribes of the house of the master of largess, one revered before the great god, Sekhemka”; to his right, his wife in much smaller scale kneeling, her left leg bent elegantly beneath her right, her left arm tenderly embracing Sekhemka’s right leg, wearing a tight-fitting ankle-length dress, the accompanying inscription reading: “The one concerned with the affairs of the king, one revered before the great god, Sitmeret”; to his left a young man sculpted in raised relief, most probably his son, with an inscription reading: “Scribe of the master of largess, Seshemnefer”; the three sides of the cubic seat sculpted in shallow raised relief with a ceremonial procession of male offering bearers bringing a duck, geese, a calf, lotus flowers, unguent and incense 29 ½ in. (75 cm.) high; 12 ¼ in. (31.2 cm.) wide; 17 3/8 in. (44.1 cm.) deep Provenance Probably from the Royal Cemeteries, Saqqara. Acquired by Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton (1790-1851), in Egypt between December 1849 and April 1850. Presented to the Northampton Museums and Art Gallery by either Charles Douglas-Compton, 3rd Marquess of Northampton (1816-1877) or Admiral William Compton, 4th Marquess of Northampton (1818-1897). Please be aware that you are bidding for the Catalogue of the sale and not the actual sale items. The Catalogues themselves are collector’s pieces as they are printed in small quantities by the Auction Houses and are fairly expensive to buy. They are full of unusual, historical, collectable, expensive, irreplaceable pieces and are useful for interest reference and inspiration. I have many other catalogues covering various subjects please take a look. I am happy to combine postage up to 2kg weight after which it is usually more cost effective to post items separately

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