9 December 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 12,500
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE SHABTI FOR MONTEMHET
NEW KINGDOM, LATE DYNASTY XVIII, CIRCA 1320-1300 B.C.
Depicted mummiform with the arms folded over the chest, wearing a tripartite headcloth, the facial features finely carved with contoured almond-shaped eyes and long, thin brows, a flaring nose and full fleshy mouth, a hieroglyphic inscription in seven rows, reading: "Instructions of the Osiris, Chief of the Storehouse, Montemhet, Justified. He says," followed by a version of Chapter 6 from the Book of the Dead, an ancient repair along the front of the head
9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm.) high
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Acquired by the current owner's parents, circa 1955.
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF BARRY STERN