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  • I asked my friend Dr Peter Van der Veen, who is very knowledgeable about texts of this period. The supposed letters are in his opinion (and these ancient scripts are his speciality) not letters but we don't as yet know what those marks are meant to represent.




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Hapi , shown  with a tripartite crown such as on this example, is quite often seen on faience scarabs from Carthage and this deity is  also frequently shown with the Hes vase.



Jorgenop writes:

17th March 2012

This is  an Egyptian bronze figure 8cm high which I purchased from a dealer  approved by the Israeli an Authorities in Jerusalem in November 2011. I do not know the age-period or/and the title of the woman?

I do not know if it is a fake or a mystery artefact. I have tried to find some similar bronzes on the web - but no luck.  It is said that the by government approved shop in Jerusalem they do not sell fakes? I purchased this as an ancient Egyptian bronze figure, but the seller said he was not an expert in Egyptian antiquity. He said he was only an expert in antiquity from" The holy land"

Can you help me - what do you think about it. If you want you can publish this text and photos in your site.

Best regards

jorgenop Username




Never seen such before.

Not in the principal repertoire of Egyptian inconography, unless it is Roman period........possibly.

The patina does not look entirely convincing and the hole underneath looks rather  ?modern.

Strange that the seller claims it to be Egyptian if unable to point to a paralell; though it has a vaguely "Egyptian" sort of look to it I suppose.

One might call it "Egyptianizing" 



The owner had indeed wondered if Phoenician, and indeed that is a possibility. Without reliable  find provenance it is really impossible to distinguish between Phoenician broadly (Early and Late),  Cannaanite and the Egyptianizing bronzes often referred to as Syro-Phoenician.

Here are some very typical Phoenician bronzes found at various sites around the Mediterranean.



This is from "Bronze-working Centres of Western Asia" Edited by John Curtis.



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