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    Sale 2056

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    9 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 9

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF

    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, LATE REIGN OF TUTHMOSIS IV TO EARLY REIGN OF AMENHOTEP III, CIRCA 1390 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF
    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, LATE REIGN OF TUTHMOSIS IV TO EARLY REIGN OF AMENHOTEP III, CIRCA 1390 B.C.
    Sculpted in sunk relief, preserving parts of two registers, the lower with a deity in profile to the right, bearing the facial features of Amenhotep III, including the slender almond-shaped eye and short upturned nose, wearing a smooth wig, a narrow false beard and a broad collar, holding curving attributes at his shoulder and over his head, facing a large cartouche of Tuthmosis IV, a hieroglyphic graffito in between, the upper register with the crossing feet of two figures, the left facing figure overlapping the right; preserving traces of original pigment, including red on the deity's neck, ear, brow, and on the cartouche, and blue on the deity's wig
    13 in. (33 cm.) high


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    The overlapping feet of the upper register may represent an advancing deity presenting the sign of life to the right facing figure, perhaps the king. The theme is first recorded in the tomb of Tuthmosis IV (see p. 138 in Schulz and Seidel, eds., Egypt, The World of the Pharaohs). It may also represent a deity embracing the king.

    Provenance

    Al Sheikh Moussa family collection, UAE, 1970s.