• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 20

    AN EGYPTIAN SCHIST FRAGMENT

    LATE PERIOD TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 664-30 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN SCHIST FRAGMENT
    LATE PERIOD TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 664-30 B.C.
    From a statue of a striding male figure, preserving the lower portions of his muscular right leg and two faces of the back pillar, one face of the back pillar carved in sunk relief with the goddess Neith, wearing a tightly-fitted sheath, her left arm lowered behind, her right arm bent before her, wearing a tripartite wig and broad collar, an inscription above her, reading: "[Mayor] of the City of Neith (Sais)," and one behind her, reading: "...every great one, being one whom...lifted up/extolled/announced(?)" or possibly "commanded(?);" the other face of the back pillar engraved with a hieroglyphic inscription in two columns, reading in the right column: "...he/his/him, venerated/revered by his father, praised by his mother, whom his siblings glorify, Controller of the Estates of the Red Crown, in order to satisfy(?)..," and in the left column: "...the...and God's Fathers who enter the Temple of Neith in order to make the God's-Offerings, may ye glorify my name in the [secret?] places..."
    5¾ in. (14.6 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Theodore M. Davis (d. 1915).
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 30 May 1986, lot 227.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK COLLECTOR