• The William F. Reilly Collecti auction at Christies

    Sale 2273

    The William F. Reilly Collection

    14 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 86

    AN EGYPTIAN PAINTED LINEN FUNERARY PORTRAIT

    ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

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    AN EGYPTIAN PAINTED LINEN FUNERARY PORTRAIT
    ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    For a woman, depicted frontal, with a round face and long neck framed by thick black tresses of hair, her fleshtone pink with black details, the eyes with white sclerae and black pupils, the lashes and extending cosmetic lines indicated, wearing a pale orange tunic with white shoulder straps outlined in black, and a necklace with a crescentic pendant; together with a Coptic textile fragment, circa 4th-5th century A.D., with a dancer depicted nude but for a red necklace and black boots, his body turned to his left, the arms raised, set on a red ground
    18 in. (45.7 cm.) long (2)


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    Provenance

    Funerary portrait: with Dikran Kelekian, New York, 1943.
    Coptic textile: Hans and Ellen Moeller.
    Both: Pennsylvania Private Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 12 June 2001, lot 333 (part).


    Literature

    Coptic textile: A. Rannit, et al., Coptic Art: Exhibition of Coptic Art by the Olsen Foundation, Connecticut, 1955, no. 65.


    Exhibited

    Coptic textile: Guilford, Connecticut, Coptic Art: Exhibition of Coptic Art by the Olsen Foundation, November - December 1955.