Bronze Statuette of the Kneeling Pharaoh Taharqa

Culture: Egyptian
Period: 3rd Intermediate Period, 25th dynasty, Reign of Taharqa, 690-664 B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 6.5 cm high
Price: 4 800 Euro
Ref: 1399
Provenance: Reputedly from the Hilton-Price collection, end of the 19th century. Thence private collection Charles Bouché, acquired in the 1960s to the 1970s. Auctioned with Drouot on 15 November 2013, lot 176.
Condition: Uraeus with wear since ancient times, otherwise intact.
Description: Solid cast bronze statuette decorated in cold work of a kneeling pharaoh with a nemes head cloth and striated beard. It possibly depicts Taharqa (690-664 B.C.) the most important ruler of the Kushite 25th dynasty in Egypt. His right hand is raised in a gesture of praise, and his left hand is stretched out holding as an offering a squatted Maat figure. Taharqa wears a long kilt which is decorated at the lap. On the forehead an uraeus. The eyes with gold overlay. Mounted with the original tenon on an old wood base.