Statue of the Divine child emerging from a Lotus

End of the Third Intermediate Period - beginning of the Late Period (VII-VI century BCE)

REF No.10032 Wood (Persea)
H 20.7 cm

The wooden statuette figures a great lotus flower from which emerges a squatting figure. This is an Egyptian god with the appearance of a young king. He has the traits and specific attributes of a child, as it is codified in Egyptian art. The god-child is indeed naked, one of his arm is folded as if he was going to bring his finger to his mouth or holding a disappeared scepter, whilst the other arm bears the royal scourge. He is bald, covered with a skull cap bearing the uraeus, the royal symbol. On the right side, a lock of braided hair wrapped : it is a typical representation of children in ancient Egypt. A scarab pushing the solar disc is represented on the back of the god-child : it is the symbol of Khepri, who comes into existence, the morning sun, a symbol of rebirth.
The facial traits of the child-god are, as the lotus flower is, delicately incised. The face of the character is expressive, thanks, largely, to his large eyes, which show the exceptional quality of the object.
Provenance: Purchased before 1970 by a French collector.
Sold by the gallery La Reine Margot, former Kalebjian collection.

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