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    Sale 2056

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    9 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 4

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF

    MIDDLE KINGDOM, DYNASTY XI-XIV, 2040-1640 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF
    MIDDLE KINGDOM, DYNASTY XI-XIV, 2040-1640 B.C.
    Carved in sunk relief, with portions of seven columns of hieroglyphs belonging to a religious text, with repeated exhortations to a deity to remove and eliminate an enemy, most likely a snake and probably the archenemy of the sun god and ordered cosmos, Apophis, reading: "[Ey]e of Horus, im[purity](?) suf[fering](?) (or, im[age]??); [Eli]minate him! Remove; you...yourself by yourself (or, your very self). remove; like the [healing/restoration?] (or, even as...is [healed/restored?]; yourself. Eliminate him! Re[move]; Eli[minate him! Remove him!; [hi]m to the ground! Cause to be [bound?]," mineral pigment preserved in the hieroglyphs and the dividers
    21¾ in. (55.2 cm.) wide


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    Provenance

    Canadian Private Collection, acquired in 1974.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this relief is dated to the Middle Kingdom, Dyansty XI-XIV, 2040-1640 B.C.