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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 9

    AN EGYPTIAN FRAGMENTARY LIMESTONE FALSE DOOR FOR NEKAU

    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XIX-XX, 1307-1070 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN FRAGMENTARY LIMESTONE FALSE DOOR FOR NEKAU
    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XIX-XX, 1307-1070 B.C.
    Centered by a recessed panel framing a round-topped stele, sculpted in shallow sunk relief with a standing figure of an official with a shaved head facing left, his hands raised in adoration towards a now-missing deity, preserving five vertical columns of hieroglyphs reading, "Recitation by..., The Venerated One..., Neka[u] (man's name), The Venerated One, Scribe..., Nekau," the lunette with a winged solar disk with flanking uraei above a nfr-sign in between wadjet-eyes, a winged solar disk with flanking uraei above, inscribed on either side below the wings, "The Behdetite," (Horus of Behdet), a column of text below right reading, "A royal offering formula to Osiris, Foremost of the West, Great God, Lord of Abydos," a column of text to the left only partially preserved, enclosed within a raised border, a cavetto cornice above with parallel palm fronds, centered by a partially-preserved winged solar disk with flanking uraei, preserving traces of red pigment
    12 in. (30.4 cm.) wide


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    Provenance

    Collected by Gustave Jéquier (1868-1946).