Egyptian mythology states that the harpoon was used by Ra on his journey through the hours of darkness, during which he had to battle the snake god Apophis. This piece was likely used as part of a temple ritual.
ProvenanceJ.-P. Kaplan Esq.
Charles Ede, London, UK; acquired 1980
Edmund M. Kaufman, California, USA; acquired from the above 1981
LiteratureCompare Sylvia Schoske and Dietrich Wildung, Entdeckungen: Aegyptische Kunst in Suddeutschland (Mainz, 1985), p.33, no.114
PublicationsSotheby’s, London, UK, Antiquities, 8th December 1980, lot 118a
Charles Ede Ltd., Small Egyptian Sculpture IX (London, 1981), no.14