Tuesday 7 July 2020

"The Ezeldeen Taha Eldarir Collection": Harlan Berk and a Wooden Shabti (April 1 2020)

Harlan Berk, a well-known US coin dealer (“The Art & Science of Numismatics”, North Clark Street, Chicago, IL. 60602 [" Dealers in ancient coins, U.S. andworld coins, antiquities, Bullion") also dabbles in selling antiquities, here's one from his "210th Buy or Bid Sale" April 1, 2020:
359. WOODEN USHABTI, New Kingdom, ca. 1567-1085 BC. A well preserved wooden ushabti standing mummiform with arms crossed over the body, wearing tripartite wig. Ex collection of Mr Ezeldeen Taha Eldarir; acquired 1946 from Salahaddin Sirmali, Cairo. Authenticated and appraised by Mr. Hossen Rashed, head of the Egyptian Antiquities house. H. 9” (23 cm)......................1950
This one has an odd patina on it (rather like one sees on modern made African masks from the Congo and adjacent areas that have been distressed to make them look old..).  It's not very nice. The modelling is a bit clumsy, no?

1 comment:

Jay said...

First, let me say I very much enjoyed reading through your blog. I see that the wooden ushabti you talk about in this blog post is still for sale with Harlan Berk. I couldn't surmise from your last comment about the "... modelling is a bit clumsy..." as a suggestion the piece is a fake?

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