Saturday, December 10, 2005

Kimbell purchases Old Kingdom statue at Christies auction

This is a really nice follow-up to yesterday's piece about the Christies auctions. The Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, Texas) has purchased an Old Kingdom (Fifth Dynasty) limestone tomb statue, 14 inches high, showing the Overseer of Craftsmen Kanefer with his wife and son: "The Kimbell Art Museum has gone Christmas shopping in a very big way. Friday morning, the museum bought an ancient Egyptian sculpture for $2.8 million at a Christie’s auction in New York City. The price was about double the presale estimate. . . . . The sculpture, which appears to be in remarkable condition for a piece that’s more than 4,000 years old, shows vestiges of a painted surface".

It is so good to see pieces like this going to museums where they can be viewed by everyone. Best wishes to the Kimbell. For more information about the Kimbell see their website:

See the above page on the Star-Telegram website for the full story, which is accompanied by a good photograph of the statue. Another article on the same topic can be found at:

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