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Egyptian Faience Sekhmet Pendant Necklace, ex Sotheby's

Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, 1479 to 1401 BCE. A gorgeous turquoise faience pendant depicting a lion head in extremely high relief strung with ancient black and white banded agate barrel beads interspersed with other ancient beads including dozens of stone disc and rounded beads, one red carnelian, one made of faience, and a few deep blue and purple round glass beads. The lion head symbolizes Sekhmet, an important goddess in the Egyptian pantheon, who is associated with war, healing, and the sun. A fabulous example of wearable art, with wonderful provenance as well! Size: 18" L (45.7 cm); lion pendant measures 1.5" L x 1.25" W (3.8 cm x 3.2 cm)

Condition: Pendant and the vast majority of the beads are ancient. (Four modern black beads have been painted with a white band to coordinate with the banded agate beads.) Strung in modern times. Expected age wear to pendant and beads, but still presenting vivid details and brilliant hues.

Provenance: private Liu collection, New York, USA; ex-Artemis Gallery; ex Sotheby's, New York, June 5, 2005, Lot 147 as a 7 part lot, but this necklace was illustrated

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