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    Sale 7659

    Antiquities

    13 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 92

    AN EGYPTIAN POTTERY HUMAN-HEADED CANOPIC JAR OF PA-IYNEN

    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, CIRCA 1550-1295 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN POTTERY HUMAN-HEADED CANOPIC JAR OF PA-IYNEN
    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, CIRCA 1550-1295 B.C.
    With four columns of painted hieroglyphs reading: "A recitation: Nephthys, put your arms around what is in you, protect Hapy who is inside you. The revered one next to Hapy, the Scribal accountant of the Fields of Amun, Pa-Iynen", the human-headed lid with eyes, ears, collar and striations of the wig painted in black
    13 3/8 in. (34 cm.) high


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    Dynasty XVIII canopic jars were usually surmounted by human heads and the protection formula also tended to become standardized during this period. The god Hapy, later represented with a baboon head, is the protector of lungs and is himself protected by Nephthys, the goddess of the East. For similar, cf. exhibition catalogue, Mummies and Magic, The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1988, p. 149, no. 91. The title of the owner indicates a probable Theban provenance.

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    Provenance

    Belgian private collection, acquired from the Fondation Veranneman, Kruishoutem, Belgium, 1968; a letter from 1966 with a translation accompanies this lot.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A BELGIAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR