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    Sale 5399

    Antiquities

    30 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 204

    AN EGYPTIAN PAINTED LIMESTONE FALSE DOOR OF THE INSPECTOR OF THE SCRIBES OF THE TREASURY, DJATY

    OLD KINGDOM, LATE DYNASTY VI, CIRCA 2283-2184 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN PAINTED LIMESTONE FALSE DOOR OF THE INSPECTOR OF THE SCRIBES OF THE TREASURY, DJATY
    OLD KINGDOM, LATE DYNASTY VI, CIRCA 2283-2184 B.C.
    The central panel carved in shallow relief with a figure of the deceased, seated before loaves on an offering table, libation vessel on the ground at right, the invocation htp-di-nsw inscription mentioning a 1000 bread, beer, fowl, bolts of linen cloth and alabaster vessels, as well as repeating his title and name, the door jambs and lintels surmounted by a painted (traces of pigment remaining) cavetto cornice above the toroid frame, the inscriptions finely carved in sunk relief, with figures of Djaty in three different guises below, traces of red and blue pigment
    44 1/8 x 26 in. (113 x 66 cm.)


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    It is not impossible that this false door was one of two from the same unknown tomb as mentioned below, or belonging to a relative with the same name and hereditary title. Cf. an almost identical stele of the Inspector of the Scribes of the Treasury, Djaty, in the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva, no. 23479, which was previously in Munzen und Medaillen, Auktion 46, 28 April 1972, no. 19; exhibited and published in 1978, M. Maspero, Egyptian and Greek Art, Wildenstein Art Center, Houston, Texas, no. 103; and E. Porter and R.L.B. Moss, J. Málek (ed.), Topographical Bibliography, Oxford, 8.3, 803-012-702.
    The funerary stele, depicting the funerary banquet, was also a magical door through which the deceased could pass to participate in the funerary offerings "because the spirit can open that which is closed".

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    Provenance

    With M. Maspero, Paris, 1980s.
    European private collection.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR