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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 8

    AN EGYPTIAN ALABASTER VASE INSCRIBED FOR PEPI I

    OLD KINGDOM, DYNASTY VI, REIGN OF PEPI I, 2289-2255 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN ALABASTER VASE INSCRIBED FOR PEPI I
    OLD KINGDOM, DYNASTY VI, REIGN OF PEPI I, 2289-2255 B.C.
    Cylindrical in form, tapering inward then flaring toward the flat base, with a wide, flat overhanging rim, an incised hieroglyphic inscription on the side in three vertical columns, containing the titulary of Pepi I, including, in the center, "The Horus Beloved of the Two Lands," to the left, "The Two Ladies Beloved of the Corporation; Falcons of Gold(?)," and to the right, "The King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Son-of-Re-Pepi," with a horizontal line of text below, starting in the center and reading both to the right and left, "May he be given life and dominion eternally," enclosed within a rectangular frame composed of the a pt (sky, heaven) sign above, a tA (land) sign below and a was-scepter on each side supporting the sky
    4 in. (12.7 cm.) high


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    For a slightly larger alabaster jar of similar shape, also inscribed for Pepi I, celebrating his sed-festival, see no. 3 in Trope, et al., Excavating Egypt, Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.

    Provenance

    Lady Valerie Susie Meux (1847-1910), wife of Henry Bruce Meux, Theobald's Park, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire.
    Executors of Lady Henry Bruce Meux; Waring & Gillow, London, 15-26 May 1911, lot 1657.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A WEST COAST COLLECTOR


    Literature

    E.A.W. Budge, Some Account of the Collection of Egyptian Antiquities in the Possession of Lady Meux, of Theobald's Park, Waltham Cross, London, 1893, no. 1391.