posted on Mar, 19 2011 @ 12:33 PM
Originally posted by lonegurkha
reply to post by Versa
"The sculpture was brought to Canada in the 1940s by Vincent and Olga Diniacopoulos, Greek immigrants from France who had amassed a world-class
collection of antiquities gathered from Egypt, Israel and other ancient sites."
Exactly. In fact, it's unprovenanced. There's no record of where it was found or under what circumstances he bought it. He was a collector of
antiquities and someone sold it to him.
My own thoughts are that it appears to be a tribal African work, possibly from what's called an "antika." These are folks who make and sell fake
antiques, passing the off as genuine.
Here's a picture of the "script" on the statue. This doesn't appear to be actual writing, but rather someone's attempt to fake an ancient unknown
language (you see this type of stuff on Mormon fakes): www.pasthorizons.com...
There ARE known Egyptian relief sculptures of people starving.
Here's one (hope this works)
notice how different it looks from the statue
I'm reminded a little of the Dogon work.
Could it be from Saqqara (the statue is called "The starving of Saqqara")? Not unless it was carved by a professional artist in Egypt's mercenary
army. And if that was the case, its preservation in Egypt is unlikely.
It could be an older African piece picked up by (for example) someone who lived around 100 BC in Egypt and brought to their house. But there's no
provenance and the thing is ... well, it's an "artifact of unknown status."
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