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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 41

    AN EGYPTIAN GREEN SERPENTINE HEART SCARAB

    THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXI-XXII, 1070-712 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN EGYPTIAN GREEN SERPENTINE HEART SCARAB
    THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXI-XXII, 1070-712 B.C.
    Details of the beetle's physiognomy defined, the underside inscribed with nine lines of hieroglyphs from Chapter 30B from the Book of the Dead, reading,"(O) heart of my mother, my heart, do not stand (against) me (as) a witness, (do not) oppose me in the Tribunal, do not make hostility against me in the presence of the Keeper of the Balance. You are my heart which is in my body, Khnum who makes my limbs sound, when you go forth to the good place, when (we) hasten therein. Do not make my name stink in the presence of the Council who make mankind in his lifetime/duration, in the good place of hearing joy and judging goodness. Do not speak falsehood against (me) in (the presence of) the Great God. Behold...," each wing of the carapace inscribed, reading together, "Hor-she made it for Tiy"
    2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) long


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    Provenance

    By descent to the current owner from his father who collected between 1920 and his death in 1970.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A FLORIDA PRIVATE COLLECTOR