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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 15

    AN EGYPTIAN HEMATITE STATUE BASE

    LATE PERIOD TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 664-30 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN HEMATITE STATUE BASE
    LATE PERIOD TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 664-30 B.C.
    Rectangular in form, the upper surface with a tongue-shaped depression for insertion of a healing statue or cippus of Horus, inscribed on all four sides and on the upper surface with utterances to counteract scorpion bites and a general wish for health, with elements of both the narrative and the recitations in the myth of the death of the child Horus from scorpion stings and his resuscitation by Isis, reading, on the upper surface, "There is not any water there. Come! Its rain beat down in the house of the rich lady. It was not the season thereof Begotten(?), ... there is not the place(?) of Re, there is not Wennofer (i.e. Osiris). I beat(?) and quaked(?) on the ground in order to restore to life, conceiving(?) in the place of ... there is not. ...Come to me! (two times)," on the front, "Behold, I possess life! I am a wise daughter in her town who drives out the poisonous snake with her utterance; (my) father taught me concerning what (I) know. I am the beloved daughter of his . Isis placed her hands on the child in order to resuscitate," on the left side, "the one whose throat was : Poison of Tefen (name of a scorpion), come on the ground! Poison of Neben(?), you shall not be dangerous(?). Poison of Mesen and Mespeh, (you) shall not travel. Poison of Khetet(?), Tjen and Matet, ... you won't be able to do that which is dangerous(?). The utterance of Isis, the , great of secrets, foremost of the gods. Geb has given (to) you the ...," on the back, "From him (to) drive away, to retreat and go back, back, poison which is thrown down! Up!(?) Die! Utterance to make. ...a remedy at night(?)," and on the right side, "saying: Re wishes that the child live and the poison die! May Horus be healthy for his mother Isis! Then shall every man and woman be healthy, shall come a man likewise. Be healthy, Psamtjek son of Nebenaset likewise, and be hidden (i.e. protected) in good condition"
    3½ in. (8.8 cm.) long


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    The text on the Jéquier statue base parallels that of the Metternich Stela in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (see pp. 49-64 in Allen, The Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt) and another statue base in the New York Public Library (see pp. 54-57 and plates 7-10, in Coenen, "The Egyptian Antiquities of the New York Public Library" in Bulletin of the Egyptological Seminar 16).

    Provenance

    Collected by Gustave Jéquier (1868-1946).