• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5952

    Antiquities

    27 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 84

    AN EGYPTIAN GESSO-PAINTED WOOD ANTHROPOID SARCOPHAGUS PANEL WITH ASCENSION SCENE

    LATE NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XXI-EARLY DYNASTY XXII, CIRCA 1069-920 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN GESSO-PAINTED WOOD ANTHROPOID SARCOPHAGUS PANEL WITH ASCENSION SCENE
    LATE NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XXI-EARLY DYNASTY XXII, CIRCA 1069-920 B.C.
    Wearing a broad floral collar with rosettes and lotus flower terminals and cross mummy bands supporting a shrine pectoral depicting two solar figures worshipping the cartouche of Djeser-ka-re (deified Amenhotep I), encompassed by the sun disc and two white crowned uraei terminals; each separately attached hand holding a papyrus scroll, knees indicated. The scenes on the panels from bottom to top: four and part of two remaining panels, each partition depicting variously the mummiform deceased "the honoured one" before the shrine of Osiris and Isis, Osiris and Nephthys, Ptah-Sokar, and Anubis, a central column invoking the gods Ra-Harakhty-Atum and Osiris, foremost of the Westerners, Lord of Abydos, to give life, prosperity, health, an exalted life and ripe old age ... to the owner; above the tomb chapel, a winged scarab holding a sun disc flanked by Anubis figures, the ba-soul bird worshipping before table of offerings at feet of Osirian figures, flanking the Fetish of Abydos, protective goddesses on either side, above a seated winged goddess wearing double plumes from which emerges the transcendant scarab beetle khepri wearing a hemhem-crown supporting two uraei and ankh (life) signs, on each side an Osirian figure wearing a solar disc protected by a winged goddess supporting a mummiform figure holding a heka-sceptre seated on a heb (purification) throne, mounted, with glazed wood case
    62 in. (157.5 cm.) high


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    The coffin panel probably belonged to one of the members of a priestly family at Thebes who continued the posthumous cult of Amenhotep I, along with his mother Ahmose-Nefertari. The cult's popularity was particularly strong during Dynasty XXI.

    For other similar Dynasty XXI coffins from Thebes, cf. L. M. Berman, Catalogue of Egyptian Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1999, pp. 314-337, nos. 251-252.

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    Provenance

    Formerly in a late 19th/early 20th Century Italian collection.