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Antiquities from the ancient world are being brought to the fore in TimeLine Auctions’ upcoming sale, taking place on 26 February at The Mayfair Hotel, London, and from 27 February to 2 March in Harwich.

The auction traverses time and place, covering vast areas of the world from as early as 600 BC and including collecting areas such as coins, art, jewellery, items of cultural significance, and more.

Dating from the Napatan Period, 643-623 BC, this Egyptian Rhyolite Shabti for King Senkamanisken is a rarity: Shabtis of King Senkamanisken are seldom offered for public sale, most being found in museum collections.  

This particular Rhyolite Shabti has a mummiform body with arms crossed over its chest, the right hand holding a narrow-bladed hoe, and the left a broad hoe. A seed bag with tassel is slung over its left shoulder, and the figure wears a nemes headdress, double uraeus, and false plaited beard with chin straps. Six incised horizontal registers form hieroglyphs from Chapter Six of the Book of the Dead.

For those wanting to learn more about shabtis, the tomb of Senkamanisken, a pyramid at the site of Nuri, was excavated by George Reisner in 1915-18 during which time a large amount of mainly faience shabtis were discovered. The shabtis’ symbolism and stylistic features provide a fascinating insight into the workings of Nubian kingship and its interaction with Egyptian practises.

This bronze figure of Neferhotep advancing is set on a rectangular base, mounted on a custom-made stand, and dates from the Ptolemaic Period from 332-30 BC.

Here, Neferhotep holds the Seth animal-headed sceptre of power in his left hand while his right arm is held rigid by the side with fist clenched. He wears a pleated kilt to the loins and a ribbed collar, and his head is arrayed with hanks of hair, a false beard and lentoid wire rims to the eyes (to accept glass or perhaps other inserts). The double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt with uraeus is depicted above the brow.

A similar figure forms part of the Brooklyn Museum in the United states.  

We now jump forward in time to 2nd and 3rd century AD with this exquisite Roman statuette of the Goddess Venus.

Venus, the goddess of love, is depicted with idealised, youthful features and a slender neck. Her hair is dressed in a coiled knot at the back of her head, two tresses pulled up over the crown of her head and fastened together, and two tresses falling past her shoulders.

Her oval face holds almond-shaped eyes beneath gently arched eyebrows. Her lips are sensuously parted slighted above a rounded chin. Venus stands nude with a slim physique on a columnar base, weighted on her on left leg. She holds and looks into a circular mirror in her right hand and holds a pomegranate in her left, both of which have been professionally re-attached.

The figure of Atlas is derived from a representation of the Greek myth of Atlas, whose task was to uphold the sky. His thickset frame and stocky limbs indicate his ability and strength to support any burden. Unlike other representation of Atlas, this particular 3rd to 5th century AD Atlas statue does not sport wings, and nor is he modelled with raised hands.

Instead, this Atlas is at rest, carved in schist and crouching on one knee with a muscular torso, stern facial expression and penetrating stare. He has an abundant beard, hair swept back from the brow, robe elegantly draped across his shoulders and chest, and strong right arm supporting his weight on his knee while his left hand grips his shin and calf.

This particular Gandharan crouching Atlas statue was published in Apollo magazine in February 1981.

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