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    Sale 5951

    Antiquities Including the Plesch Collection of Ancient Glass

    28 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 154

    AN EGYPTIAN GESSO-PAINTED WOOD SARCOPHAGUS PANEL

    MIDDLE KINGDOM, DYNASTY XII, CIRCA 1985-1773 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN GESSO-PAINTED WOOD SARCOPHAGUS PANEL
    MIDDLE KINGDOM, DYNASTY XII, CIRCA 1985-1773 B.C.
    With four columns of hieroglyphs bearing an invocation to the god Thoth, flanking two large eyes with the markings of the falcon god Horus, mounted
    27 x 11 in. (68.5 x 28 cm.)


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    Cf. J. Bourriau, Pharaohs and Mortals, Egyptian art in the Middle Kingdom, Cambridge, 1988, pp. 88-89, no. 68 for similar. Bourriau comments "The extraordinary eyes ... are enlarged human eyes beneath which are markings taken from a falcon's head. These markings are one of the most powerful symbols in Egyptian religious iconography, and represent wholeness, goodness and healing".

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    Provenance

    Swiss private collection: acquired from Charles Ede Ltd, London, 1976.