Skip to comments.Rare Egyptian sculpture [record price set for ancient sculpture]
Posted on 01/22/2006 6:41:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv
The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, set a world record when it bought this ancient Egyptian limestone sculpture at auction Dec. 9. Extraordinarily, earlier in the same sale, another statue, a granite figure, also set a record for an Egyptian antiquity, when it sold for $2,256,000. But the granite figure didn't hold that record for long. It was spectacularly overtaken by this "Group Statue of Ka-nefer and His Family," which sold for $2,816,000. According to inscriptions, this tomb sculpture represents the "Overseer of Craftsmen, Priest of Ptah," "His wife, the Royal Confidant, Tjen-tety," and "His son, the Overseer of Craftsmen, Khuwy-ptah."... The piece was purchased from a private collection in the United States. But its known history as a collector's item dates back to a French general, Louis André (1838-1913). Then there is a long gap in its provenance until 1989, when it was bought at auction by the owner who preceded the Kimbell... "There is very little top-rate material of this early date still in private hands that we might consider acquiring," says Potts. Most Egyptian sculpture of comparable quality is already in museums.
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Beautiful but the cost was staggering.
The bronze statue of Nefertiti that I picked up in Cairo in the early '60's will do just fine for me. They've priced me out of the market, lol.
And in a few years, Egypt will demand its return, and some fathead in charge will comply with the demand.
FROM AN EGYPTIAN TOMB: This limestone sculpture, 'Group Statue of Ka-nefer and His Family,' dates to the Fifth Dynasty. KIMBELL ART MUSEUM
"Seen in a photograph, this sculpture might be thought gigantic. But it's just 14 inches high. Potts says that a statue of this size is, however, quite normal: "Quality is more important than size. In fact some of the larger sculptures can be rather crude in comparison."
Interesting. I would have thought it's bigger also. But I have also seen large Egyptian statues with a lot of fine detail, not crude in the least.
Thanks. If I end up in Boston sometime, I'll make sure to take time for it.
Definitely worth it. Of course, there are more barriers to the art due to the tireless efforts of dip@#$% kids and their keepers who let them climb all over one of a kind pieces of art from 4500 years ago.
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