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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 7

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF

    OLD KINGDOM, DYNASTY VI-VIII, 2323-2134 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF
    OLD KINGDOM, DYNASTY VI-VIII, 2323-2134 B.C.
    Carved in sunk relief, with four figures facing right, in four registers, the uppermost preserving the arm and skirted legs of a female figure; below, a female figure wearing a tightly-fitted long sheath, her left arm raised, holding a stemmed lotus blossom to her face; a man wearing a short kilt and wig, his left hand placed on his chest, a damaged inscription to the upper right; and a man similarly clad, his left hand placed on his chest, two rows of hieroglyphs to the right, reading, "His attendant/custodian whom he loves/his beloved, whom he praises, favorite of his lord, Ptahhotpe; his beautiful name is Shepet (or Shepti?)," preserving traces of stucco
    45½ in. (115.6 cm.) high


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    For a similar example see no. 42, pp. 231-237 in Ziegler, Catalogue des stèles, peintures et reliefs égyptiens de l'Ancien Empire.

    Provenance

    Swiss Private Collection, 1970s.