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    Sale 12239

    Antiquities

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 5

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF FOR THE HIGH STEWARD AND VIZIER KHNUMHOTEP

    MIDDLE KINGDOM, MID-12TH DYNASTY, CIRCA 1880-1850 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF FOR THE HIGH STEWARD AND VIZIER KHNUMHOTEP
    MIDDLE KINGDOM, MID-12TH DYNASTY, CIRCA 1880-1850 B.C.
    Inscribed with the end of an offering formula to 'the Overseer of the Pyramid estate, the Vizier Khnumhotep'
    33 ½ in. (85 cm.) long


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    PUBLISHED:
    J. de Morgan, Fouilles a Dahchour: mars-juin 1894, Vienna, 1895, p. 18 ff (a drawing).
    W. Hornbostel, Kunst der Antike - Schätze aus norddeutschem Privatbesitz, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Mainz, 1977, cat. no. 8.

    The tomb of the Vizier Khnumhotep was discovered by de Morgan in 1894 in Dahshur. It is part of the necropolis attached to the pyramid of Senusret III (cf. Porter and Moss, Topographical Bibliography...Memphis, vol. 3, Oxford, 1931, p. 229). Khnumhotep (meaning 'Khnum is content') came from a family of local nomarchs who served the kings of the 12th Dynasty. Under Senusret II, he was sent on several missions, including to the Red Sea and Byblos, before becoming Vizier under Senusret III. Another fragment inscribed for Khnumhotep is located in the Hermitage Museum (inv. no. 18230).

    Provenance

    Private collection, Hamburg, acquired prior to 1977; and thence by descent to the present owner


    Exhibited

    Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Kunst der Antike: Schätze aus norddeutschem Privatbesitz, 21 January-6 March 1977.