Sale of a statuette IMHOTEP

Auction Maison Jules Ghent september 2017

Statue IMHOTEP for sale

Descriptionbronze statue of a sitting Imhotep with a role of papyrus on his lap. He is wearing a short striated kilt. Mounted on a wooden mount. Height incl mount 21 cm. Egypt 7th – 6th century BC.

Provenance: This bronze Imhotep statue was part of the collection of Adriaan Herman Goekoop (1859 – 1914). Goekoop was a well-kown construction entrepreneur and amateur archaeologist in The hague. He travelled often to greece and supported financially and participated in several excavations. He wrote several books and publications amongst other the book ‘Ithaque, la Grande (1908)’ where he tells about his contacts with the famous archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld.

The statue of Imhotep remained in the family by descent.

About Imhotep:

Imhotep was an Egyptian chancellor to the pharaoh Djoser, the architect of the step pyramid, and high priest of the sun god Ra.

Egyptologists ascribe to him the design of the Pyramid of Djoser, a step pyramid at Saqqara in Egypt in 2630 – 2611 BC. He may also have been responsible for the first known use of stone columns to support a building

The step pyramid at Saqqara

Two thousand years after his death, Imhotep’s status had risen to that of a god of medicine and healing.

He was one of only two commoners ever to be deified after death (the other being Amenhotep).

The location of Imhotep’s self-built tomb was well hidden from the beginning and it remains unknown, despite efforts to find it.

In egyptian Imhotep means ‘the one who comes in peace’.

References: from Wikipedia about Imhotep and Adriaan Goekoop



Available documents:

  1. declaration – statement of the family from 2015 (Boomkamp – Goekoop) about the origine of the statue (part of the collection of Adriaan Goekoop)
  2. certificat of the Art Loss register that the bronze statue Imhotep has not been registered as stolen or missing in the database of stolen and missing art
  3. certifcat of the sale: Imhotep bronze Egypt ca 7th century BC.


Sale Auction Maison Jules Ghent

Saterday September 30 and Sunday October 1   2017

Estimation 20.000 – 30.000 euro

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