11 December 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 4,750
Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000
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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G. Max Bernheimer
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Molly Morse Limmer
Philadelphia Private Collector; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 28-29 January 1959, lot 87.
THE PROPERTY OF A CONNECTICUT PRIVATE COLLECTOR
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