6 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 29,800
Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
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.
Swiss Private Collection, 1970s.
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