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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 8

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF

    NEW KINGDOM, LATE DYNASTY XVIII, 1353-1307 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF
    NEW KINGDOM, LATE DYNASTY XVIII, 1353-1307 B.C.
    Sculpted in sunk relief, with a scene of court ladies at a ceremony, partially preserving three heads, each wearing a short Nubian wig bound in a broad diadem tied in the back, with narrow, slanting eyes below arching brows, their hands raised above their heads, some with their elongated fingers bent, one hand with the fingers extended, preserving traces of red pigment
    11 in. (27.9 cm.) wide


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    For a related relief now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art showing court ladies, some drinking from shallow bowls, see no. 25 in Cooney, Amarna Reliefs from Hermopolis in American Collections.

    Provenance

    Collected by Gustave Jéquier (1868-1946).