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    Sale 12239

    Antiquities

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 110

    AN EGYPTIAN BLUE FAIENCE OVERSEER SHABTI FOR THE PROPHET OF AMUN HOR

    THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, 21ST DYNASTY, CIRCA 1070-946 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN BLUE FAIENCE OVERSEER SHABTI FOR THE PROPHET OF AMUN HOR
    THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, 21ST DYNASTY, CIRCA 1070-946 B.C.
    Bright blue in colour, with details in black, wearing a double wig with echeloned and curled hair, dressed in the costume of the living, holding a whip in each hand, a single column of hieroglyphs on the front, reading: "Illuminate the Osiris, the Prophet of Amun Hor, Justified"
    5 ¾ in. (14.6 cm.) high


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    Hor was the son of the High Priest Menkheperre, and the brother of Pinedjem II, who ruled over Thebes at the end of the 2nd Millennium B.C. According to N. de Haan (The Shabtis of the Prophet of Amun Hor, Voorhout, 2008, p. 4) overseer shabtis of Hor are rarely found in private collections, with the majority currently housed in institutions. All his shabtis were discovered when the Second Cachette of Deir el Bahari was excavated in 1891.

    Provenance

    Discovered in 1891 in the Second Cachette at Deir El Bahari.
    with Charles Bouché, Paris.
    Private collection, France, acquired from the above on 24 April 1981.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A FRENCH PRIVATE COLLECTION