These are soooo cool. The subject matter, the color, the material, and the texture make these that amazing accessory that is classic and timeless.
They are smooth to the touch and the color makes these a muted, elegant statement.
This is a fantastic pair of hand-carved soapstone bookends which depict the timeless Egyptian figure of the Sphinx.
Also known as steatite, soapstone is a mineral comprised partly of magnesium and talc.
Black soapstone was a preferred medium of Ancient Egyptian craftsman from the Early Dynastic Period (ca. 3050 – 2686 B.C.)
These beautiful bookends date from the mid 20th-century and feature an extraordinary degree of detail and exotic detail.
The Sphinx sits in its classic pose with outstretched arms and perpendicular neck and head.
You can see that each wears the Nemes headdress, similar to that worn by the boy-king Tutankhamen.
The headdress was often worn by pharaohs who were not allowed to let their hair be seen by commoners.
The snake pictured at the top of the crown was thought to spit metaphorical venom at one's enemies.
Sphinxes were often included in temples and on sarcophagi, due to their strong connection to the solar deity, Sekhmet.
As you can see, the ends and sides of each base are decorated with a beautiful array of hieroglyphics and pictograms.
Both bookends exhibit some minor expected wear including a few spots of light discoloration and some small scratches here and there.
Overall, they remain in very good vintage condition.
We love that they are so substantial and elegant. Regardless of your design aesthetic from contemporary, modern, eclectic, to retro these fit in with any decor personality.
Measurements: Each bookend is 4 3/4" long, 4 1/4" tall and 1 3/4" wide, (1 lb., 1 oz.) Total Weight: 2 lbs., 2 oz)
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