"Christie’s announces an incredibly important sale of Antiquities on December 7, at 10 am, which will offer over 225 lots, led by several exceptional works of Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, plus Near Eastern and European antiquities, along with some fine examples of Nordic Neolithic stone tools. The sale is expected to exceed $18 million. It will be followed by a sale of Ancient Jewelry at 2 pm. Both the auctions and their pre-sale viewings will take place in Christie’s Special Exhibition Galleries on the 20th floor.
Leading the sale is an Egyptian Head of a Pharaoh in red jasper, one of the rarest and most beautiful Egyptian works of art to appear at auction in decades (estimate: $3,000,000-$5,000,000)."
Lot Description AN EGYPTIAN RED JASPER HEAD OF A PHARAOH
NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII-XIX, CIRCA 1473-1290 B.C.
From a composite statue, superbly sculpted and polished, the triangular face with a horizontal crease on the forehead, the deeply-hollowed eyes, extending cosmetic lines and conforming brows all once inlaid, the upper lids contoured, the area below each eye slightly concave, creating prominent cheeks, the short nose rounded at the tip, the bridge slightly aquiline, the nostrils recessed, the small mouth defined by full lips outlined by a sharp vermillion line, with a broad philtrum, the corners of the mouth indented, the chin square, its underside with a mortise for attachment of a chin beard, the neck with subtle creases representing tendons, the base of the neck splayed, the curved finished surface of the top of the head centered by a rectangular mortise perforating vertically, designed to secure the crown to the head and the neck to the body 3 15/16 in. (10 cm.) high.