• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 21

    AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE SHABTI FOR PSAMTJEK

    LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXVI, 664-525 B.C.

    Price Realised  

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    AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE SHABTI FOR PSAMTJEK
    LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXVI, 664-525 B.C.
    Standing on an integral plinth against a back pillar, depicted mummiform with the arms folded over the chest, holding agricultural implements in each hand, a seed sack over his left shoulder, wearing a tripartite wig and plaited false beard, inscribed with nine lines of hieroglyphs reading "Instructions of the Osiris , Justified, born of Amenirdis. He says: O these (sic) Shabty! If the Osiris , Justified, born of Amenirdis, is detailed in order to do any work...," the text continuing with a form of Chapter 6 from the Book of the Dead; together with the 1959 Parke-Bernet catalogue in which it is featured
    7¼ in. (18.4 cm.) high (2)


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    Provenance

    Philadelphia Private Collector; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 28-29 January 1959, lot 87.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A CONNECTICUT PRIVATE COLLECTOR