A group of three Egyptian Offering Cups, Late Period, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664-525 BCE
EF104Regular price $850 USD
of pale green faience composition, these petite examples with everted rims, the narrow cylindrical body tapering to a conical footed form, one with incised hieroglyphic mark.
Ancient Egyptian tombs sometimes included a chapel or a table accessible to visitors so they could leave offerings to the deceased in the presence of Osiris. Priests or family members would leave gifts, often food, for the deceased in order to sustain and amuse them in the afterlife.
Condition: The pieces with age-appropriate wear, glaze worn thin and small losses to the disk foot and modern catalog number in black pigment beneath. Two of the pieces rejoined otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 1 1/4 inches (3.17 centimeters)
Provenance: Dr Benson Harer private collection
A large Egyptian Djed Pillar Amulet, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664-525 BCE
EA1712Regular price $1,500 USD
An exemplary and very large blue glazed clay djed pillar amulet, composed of a tall broad shaft with incised lines just below the four ribbed capitals surmounted by five short horizontal bars, and a domed top.
See D’Auria, Lacovara and Roehrig, "Mummies and Magic," p.181 for a discussion of djed-pillars. The author notes this form of amulet “has been variously explained as a column of papyrus stems, a tree-trunk with looped branches and a sheaf of bound cornstalks….. Though not originally associated with Osiris, by the New Kingdom the djed-pillar had come to be closely linked with the god, and its shape was reinterpreted as a representation of his backbone. The image also has connotations of stability and endurance and it was primarily to confer these qualities on the deceased that [they were] placed within the mummy wrappings.”
Dimensions: Height: 1 3/4 inches (4.5 cm), height with base: 2 inches (5 cm)
Condition: Slight losses to the surface, the edges of the horizontal bars, and one bottom corner, but otherwise intact and in good condition overall.
Provenance: Ex South Florida private collection.
A large Egyptian Faience Amulet of Sekhmet, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 - 525 BCE
EA2015Regular price $2,950 USD
Sekhmet, along with her husband the creator-god Ptah and their son Nerfertum, was part of the powerful trio of deities that protected Ancient Memphis. Daughter of the sun god Ra, her name literally means, “the powerful.” She was a sun goddess, embodying the scorching, burning, destructive heat of the sun. Fierce goddess of war, the destroyer of the enemies of Ra and Osiris, she was represented as having the head of a lioness and the body of a female human. She quickly became a favorite of the pharaohs, symbolizing their strength and heroism in battle.
Condition: With minor expected surface wear, intact and in overall very good condition.
Dimensions: Height: 5 cm (2 inches)
Provenance: RDA private collection, acquired from the NY trade as part of a collection assembled in the 1970's and 1980's.
A large Egyptian Faience Headdress of Bes, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EF2002Regular price $600 USD
Of pale green faience, the four feathers individually textured by incised parallel lines, the tips dipped in black, a horizontal loop at the back for attachment.
Dimensions: Height: 1 3/4 inches, Width: 1 7/8 inches (4.7 cm)
Condition: With minor losses to the surface, one feather tip repaired, overall in good condition.
Provenance: RDA private collection, acquired from the NY trade as part of a collection assembled in the 1970's and 1980's.
A large Egyptian faience Plaque of Bes, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EA1560Regular price $1,500 USD
A large blue faience circular plaque of a stylized representation of the god Bes, with features highlighted in black and incised detail border.
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall. Museum quality custom mount.
Dimensions: Height: 1 1/2 inch (3.81 cm); Length: 1 7/8 inch (4.76 cm).
Provenance: Private collection of J. Pembarton, Toronto Canada, acquired in the 1960s.
A large Egyptian Faience Wedjet Eye, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 525 BCE
EA2115Regular price $3,750 USD
This large striking amulet of bright blue faience depicts a highly detailed wedjat eye. Convex in form, careful attention has been paid to the rendering of the cosmetic lines, especially the cross-hatch extension. The back of the amulet is flat and undecorated and is pierced horizontally for attachment.
Wadjet eye amulets were among the most popular amulets of ancient Egypt. The Wadjet eye represents the healed eye of the god Horus and embodies healing power as well as regeneration and protection in general. It was thought to help the dead pass safely into the afterlife, and wedjat eye amulets were commonly placed within mummy wrappings to help the deceased. In one myth, Horus uses the power of his healed eye (repaired by the god of wisdom, Thoth) to revive his deceased father, the lord of the netherworld, Osiris, and therefore came to symbolize the general process of "making whole" and healing.
Andrews, Carol, 1994. Amulets of Ancient Egypt. Austin: University of Texas. 43-4.
Bianchi, R., 1998. “Symbols and Meanings.” In Gifts of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Faience, edited by Florence Dunn Friedman. Cleveland: Thames and Hudson. 22-31.
Petrie, William Flinders, 1914. Amulets: Illustrated by the Egyptian Collection In University College, London. London: Constable & Company, Ltd. 32-4.
Pinch, Geraldine, 1994. Magic in Ancient Egypt. Texas: University of Texas. 104-119.
Condition: Very minor chip to proper left upper corner, otherwise excellent condition.
Dimensions: Height: 1 1/2 Inches (3.5 cm)
Provenance: Private Virginia collection, acquired Royal Athena Gallery, NYC, August 2014, JME private collection, NY, acquired Bonhams, London, Dec 1993.
A large Egyptian Pale Green Glazed Scarab, Late Period, Dynasty 26, ca. 664 - 525 BCE
EA006-PBRegular price $950 USD
Representing Khepri, the god of the rising sun, this large, pale, green-glazed faience scarab is a fine example. The body conforms to the scarabaeus sacer; where the eyes and head are deeply carved on the five-notched shield (clypeus). The first segment of the upper body (prothorax) and wings (elytrae) are separated by fine, carefully incised line, the legs (tibiae) to the side, are tucked underneath the body. As is to be expected, this heart scarab has no bore hole and the base is uninscribed.
Literature: Andrews, Carol, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (University of Texas Press, 1994), p. 50-59 (chapter 4: Scarabs for the living and funerary scarabs)
Dimensions: Height: 1.5 inches (3.81 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall
Provenance: Private NYC collection, ex. CT collection, ex. John N. Winnie, Jr. collection, Georgia, acquired 1980's - 1990's.
A large Egyptian Two-Toned Faience Shabti, Dynasty 30, ca. 380 – 343 BCE
EU2117Regular price $4,000 USD
Shown mummiform, of faience with light blue and cobalt blue glaze, the details in relief, with a tripartite wig, divine beard, facial details in low relief, hands crossed over chest carrying a pic and hoe in relief, seed bag on cord suspended over the left shoulder, with dorsal pillar and trapezoidal base, undedicated with no inscription.
Dimensions: Height: 6 inches (15.24 cm)
Condition: Minor glaze losses and unevenness to glaze that does not detract, otherwise intact and very good condition overall with excellent contrast between the two glazes.
Provenance: Ex: JME collection, NY, acquired Christie's London, Oct 2000, lot # 456, at this sale the shabti was accompanied by an invoice from Spink & Son Ltd., London, September 1962 (now missing) but noted in the 2000 auction.
A Published Egyptian Faience Isis Knot, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EA2102Regular price $1,500 USD
of glassy blue faience, portraying an open, knotted loop of cloth from which hangs a long sash flanked by a pair of loops.
Background: We do not know exactly the origin of the Isis knot, which seems to illustrate a knotted piece of cloth, though initially, its hieroglyphic sign was perhaps a variant of the ankh. This rather enigmatic symbol closely resembles the ankh, except that its transverse arms are curved downward. Even in written sources the meaning and symbolism of this object, known as the tyet (tiet, thet) by the ancient Egyptians, seems to be similar to those of the ankh, and the sign is often translated as "life" or "welfare." In representational contexts, the tyet is found as a decorative symbol as early as the 3rd Dynasty, when it appears with both the ankh and the djed signs, and later with the was scepter. However, the symbol itself is much, much older, appearing at least as early as the Predynastic Period. By the New Kingdom, the symbol was clearly associated with Isis, perhaps due to its frequent association with the djed pillar. The two symbols were therefore used to allude to Osiris and Isis and to the binary nature of life itself. The association of the sign with Isis leads to it being given the names, "the knot of Isis" (as it resembles the knot which secures the garments of the gods in many representations), "the girdle of Isis" and "the blood of Isis."
Published: Charles Ede Ltd., Small Sculpture from Ancient Egypt XIII, 1986, no. 37.
Dimensions: Length: 3.4 cm (1.3 inches)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Estate of Madge Kirkham (1925 - 2016), acquired from Charles Ede Ltd. March 3rd, 1986 and accompanied by original Charles Ede Certificate of Authenticity.
A rare Egyptian Amulet for the goddess Bat, Middle Kingdom, ca. 2025 - 1760 BCE
EA1545Regular price $750 USD
a fine amulet of glazed steatite, Bat was a cow goddess in Egyptian mythology depicted as a human face with cow ears and horns. By the time of the Middle Kingdom, her identity and attributes were subsumed within the goddess Hathor.
Dimensions: Length: 3/4 inch (1.9 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Private NY Collection, acquired from the London trade in the 1990's.
A rare Egyptian Blue Faience Flail Bead, New Kingdom, ca. 1550-1069 BCE
BE1603Regular price $500 USD
A flail or flabellum, consisted of a short handle with three beaded strands or flyers attached. It was an ancient symbol of royal power and often depicted with other regalia, generally the crook, but also the mace as depicted on the Narmer Palette or other scepters. In the Pyramid Texts Pepi I is identified with Sopdu:
"The flail is in your hand, the mks-sceptre is behind your hand" Pyramid Texts PT 578. This flail bead of bright blue faience was originally from one of the strands.
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall
Dimensions: Length: 4.5 cm (1 1/2 inches)
Provenance: Private collection of Egyptologist Geoffrey Metz, Sweden acquired in the 1990's.
A rare Egyptian Blue Glazed Faience Statue of a Cat, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 - 525 BCE
EF2103Regular price $12,000 USD
This elegantly rendered and well-preserved seated cat is made of blue glazed faience, a material frequently employed for small amulets, scarabs, and scaraboids. Almost certainly, it represents a temple cat, sacred to the goddess Bastet, the creature goddess of Bubastis, home of the Twenty-second Dynasty. Amulets such as this could be worn not only in life, to bestow the goddess's protection, but also in death; a similar example was discovered within the wrappings of the High Priest of Ptah, Prince Sheshonq, son of Osorkon II, at Memphis in 1942. On an integral base with a ribbed suspension ring.
Condition: Tips of ears restored, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. A rare and wonderful piece.
Dimensions: Height: 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm)
Provenance: Ex-French collection, NY private collection, Christie's, London, 11 Jun 1997 Lot 56.
Published: Royal Athena, Art of the Ancients, XXIII 2012, No. 218.
A Rare Egyptian Faience Amulet for Aker, Late Period, ca. 664-332 BCE
EA1410Regular price $650 USD
of glazed blue/green faience, portraying two couchant lions on either side, facing away from one another, a symbol of borders; one representing the concept of yesterday (Sef in Egyptian), and the other the concept of tomorrow (Duau in Egyptian). Between them is the hieroglyph for horizon - the sun's disc placed between two mountains.
Background: Aker (also spelt Akar) was one of the earliest gods worshipped, and, as the deification of the horizon, was also seen as symbolic of the borders between each day. Since the horizon was where night became day, Aker was said to guard the entrance and exit to the underworld, opening them for the sun to pass through during the night. As the guard, it was said that the dead had to request Aker to open the underworld's gates, so that they might enter. Also, as all who had died had to pass Aker, it was said that Aker annulled the causes of death, such as extracting the poison from any snakes that had bitten the deceased, or from any scorpions that had stung them.
As the Egyptians believed that the gates of the morning and evening were guarded by Aker, they sometimes placed twin statues of lions at the doors of their palaces and tombs. This was to guard the households and tombs from evil spirits and other malevolent beings. This practice was adopted by the Greeks and Romans, and is still unknowingly followed by some today. Unlike most of the other Egyptian deities, the worship of Aker remained popular well into the Greco-Roman era. Aker had no temples of his own like the main gods in the Egyptian religion, since he was more connected to the primeval concepts of the very old earth powers.
Condition: Loss to top of suspension loop otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Length: 1.5 cm (5/8 in)
Provenance: Private Private NYC collection, acquired Christie's in 1970's.
A rare Egyptian Faience Broad Collar Necklace, Late Old Kingdom, ca. 2345–2181 BCE
EJ1610Regular price $0 USD
Price on request.
The most frequently represented item of jewelry throughout Egyptian history was the broad or weskhet collar, worn by both genders as well as anthropomorphic deities. At Giza alone, George Reisner found nineteen such collars in tombs of both men and women. In addition, brightly painted broad collars are represented on statuary and reliefs of deities, royalty, and wealthy private individuals from the Old Kingdom through Roman times.
This exceptionally rare collar consists of three rows of densely spaced cylinder beads ranging from pale cream, green, blue and black glazed faience. Strung in an upright position, they are defined by rows of small ring beads, separated by two horizontal spacer elements that run the length of the necklace. Completing the collar is a bottom row of glazed faience beetle-shaped pendants; individual examples of these beads are very rare and sets from the same collar are quite unique. Two original end-piece terminals of triangular shape have holes to accommodate the bead rows and a hole at the point allowing the collar to be threaded for tying around the neck.
Dimensions: Height: 9 inches, (22.8 cm) Width: 11.5 inches (29 cm)
Condition: Outer hole cracked and small loss to adjoining tip on both terminals, the beads are all intact and restrung using conservation quality thread. All components of this necklace are original, there are no reproduction elements. An exceptionally rare and superb example!
Provenance: Old NY collection, thereafter private Swedish collection from mid-1990s, also Ernest Freemark collection, acquired 1913 - 1915 thereafter R. Knickerbocker collection, NY, and by descent.
A rare Mittanian Cylinder Seal of Egyptian Blue, ca. 1500 - 1300 BCE
MJ1303Regular price $6,500 USD
well carved, the scene portraying a bearded hunter wearing a short kilt with sword at his waist, bow and arrow raised as he stalks a grazing animal with a small lizard on its back, a bird behind with streamer in its beak, with standard and a large star in the field, set in a pendant of 18K gold.
Background: Cylinder seals are engraved, cylindrical objects designed to be rolled into clay to leave impressions. The engraved images are carved in reverse, so that when rolled out onto clay they face the correct direction.
Throughout much of the ancient Near Eastern world, from the end of the 4th millennium B.C.E. until the 5th century B.C.E., cylinder seals were used both as administrative tools – functioning much as a signature does on an official document today, or used to mark one’s property and to prevent tampering with sealed doors or containers – and as decorative or protective amulets – often worn on a necklace or a pin.
The use of cylinder seals developed alongside that of the cuneiform writing system, invented in Mesopotamia near the end of the 4th millennium B.C.E.; prior to this, stamp seals (designed to be pressed onto clay or other media, rather than rolled) had served similar purposes. Cuneiform was written on clay tablets, and cylinder seals were better suited than stamp seals to quickly fill empty spaces. Cylinder seals remained the most popular form of sealing until the 1st millennium B.C.E., when parchment or papyrus gradually replaced clay as the predominant writing material, and stamp seals again became more popular.
Condition: The seal is intact and in excellent condition overall, with no visible chips, cracks or breaks. The roll impression reveals a full intaglio scene. Placed in a high-karat gold setting of classical style in the early 1970's. A unique and sensational piece.
Dimensions: Overall length: 2.17 inches (5.5 cm), actual seal measures: 1 1/4 inches (3.2 cm) in length.
Provenance: Private Palm Beach, FL collection, acquired from the NY trade in the early 1970's.
All photos copyright Kornbluth Photography, Maryland
A Rare Worker Shabti for a Dwarf, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1069 - 945 BCE
EU517Regular price $950 USD
shown mummiform with details in black pigment, the small squat stature of the figurine confirms it is the shabti for a dwarf, a short tripartite wig in black pigment, the crossed arms with clenched hands each holding agricultural tools for work in the afterlife, an untranslated vertical column of text on both the front and back.
Condition: Complete, rejoined in numerous places, with inconsistent firing causing heavy glaze in some areas and very little in others, Despite these issues, a most interesting and rare shabti.
Dimensions: Height: 7 cm (2 3/4 inches)
Provenance: Private Swiss collection acquired between 1968-1978.
A Royal Egyptian Faience Floral Rosette, New Kingdom, ca. 1295 - 1190 BCE
EF1703Regular price $3,950 USD
Rosettes, such as this lovely example, have a long history in Egyptian decorative architecture and were popular at most palace sites. Constructed entirely of faience, its distinctive eight white petals depict a flowering daisy, that contrasts wonderfully against a pale grey background. Originally, a gold nail was inserted through the central hole to secure it to a palace wall, thus forming decorative borders and ornamental bands. These rosettes give us a vivid idea of Egyptian palace décor, and what it might have been like to walk those corridors more than three thousand years ago.
cf. F. Dunn Friedman (ed.), Gifts of the Nile. Ancient Egyptian Faience, (Providence 1998), pp.87 & 197, nos. 55-56.
Dimensions: Diameter: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Condition: Multiple restorations, most recent 2017.
Provenance: The John J. Slocum private Collection of Ancient Art: John Slocum (1914-1997) collected most of his antiquities while serving as US cultural attaché to Egypt in the 1960s. Later, he served as Assistant to the Director of The Smithsonian, was appointed by President Reagan to the Presidential Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and was a Trustee Emeritus of the Archaeological Institute of America. He was a well-respected scholar/collector, whose medieval crusader coins were sold in a single-owner sale at Sotheby’s, London in 1997.
An Amarna Faience Bead and Floral Pendant Necklace, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1353-1336 BCE
EJ1832Regular price $4,250 USD
This lovely necklace of brightly colored faience ring beads, is re-strung with flat backed pendants from a broad collar; a durable version of the elaborate perishable floral collars worn by banquet guests. Here, nine white pendants with their shaded yellow tops and mauve tips representing the white lotus, alternate with eight blue faience pendants. Such growing plants were inherently symbolic of new life, but some flowers also open each morning, reconfirming the idea of resurrection. Such pendants are characteristic of the Eighteenth Dynasty and made almost exclusively of multi-colored glazed composition with a suspension loop at the top and sometimes at the bottom.
cf: Tomashevska, Marija. “Sacred floral garlands and collars from the New Kingdom and early Third Intermediate Period in Ancient Egypt 1550 B.C. – 943 B.C.” Marija Tomashevska, 2019.
Dimensions: Length: 17 3/4 in (45.08 cm)
Condition: Some loops missing on the pendants otherwise intact and in good condition overall. The necklace has been restrung with 18K gold s-clasp.
Provenance: Foxwell private collection (U.K), acquired between 1930 and 1950.