Egyptian Bronze Bell & Byzantine Bronze Steelyard Weight
November 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm #12347halanbParticipant
These two items are from the ANTIQUITIES auction at Christie’s, New York, 12/13/2013.
Normally I would not list items not yet sold, but I think these are of sufficient interest to follow.
I assure you that I have no financial interest in the sale, and will not be bidding.
AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE BELL – PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 304-30 B.C.
In the form of an inverted lotus, with the striated overlapping petals in low relief, the crown a reeded suspension loop, perforated below, the iron clapper strung through a wire hooked through a perforation on either side, one side embellished with relief decoration comprising a head of a falcon wearing a striated tripartite headcloth, a falcon headed scepter below, adorned with a broad collar and a tripartite headcloth surmounted by a uraeus, flanked by two nefer signs before inward facing wedjat-eyes and conforming brows, the irises in “black” bronze, adorsed crocodiles along the lower rim.
2½ in. (6.4 cm.) high.
uraeus – stylized, upright form of an Egyptian cobra (asp, serpent, or snake), used as a symbol of sovereignty, royalty, deity, and divine authority in ancient Egypt.
nefer sign – hieroglyph used to convey the concepts of “goodness” and “beauty”, associated with the heart.
wedjat eyes – associated with Horus, the god of the sky, who was depicted as a falcon or as a man with a falcon’s head.
adorsed – set back to back
BYZANTINE BRONZE STEELYARD WEIGHT – CIRCA 5TH CENTURY A.D.
In the form of a bust of an empress, possibly Aelia Pulcheria, enveloped in a tightly wrapped cloak, one end draping over her left shoulder and down her back, her right hand emerging from beneath the u-shaped folds, held against her chest and making the gesture of speech, her fisted left hand holding a scroll or a mappa (a folded cloth), adorned with an elaborate beaded pendant necklace and an imperial diadem, her oval face tapering to a protruding rounded chin, with almond-shaped articulated eyes beneath heavy lids, her hair fashioned in a fringe of locks scalloped across her forehead, pulled back and folded up from the nape of her neck and arranged in two large tresses fastened atop her head, surmounted by a suspension loop above; filled with lead.
9 in. (22.9 cm.) high; 13.4 lbs. (214.7 oz.)
(Of course, if someone were to melt out the lead and install a clapper, …)
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