Auction Maison Jules Ghent september 2017
Description: bronze 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.
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
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
- declaration – statement of the family from 2015 (Boomkamp – Goekoop) about the origine of the statue (part of the collection of Adriaan Goekoop)
- 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
- 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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