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    Sale 7659

    Antiquities

    13 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 107

    AN EGYPTIAN TURQUOISE GLASSY FAIENCE SHABTI FOR THE GOVERNOR OF UPPER EGYPT, ANKH-HOR

    DYNASTY XXVI, CIRCA 640-570 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN TURQUOISE GLASSY FAIENCE SHABTI FOR THE GOVERNOR OF UPPER EGYPT, ANKH-HOR
    DYNASTY XXVI, CIRCA 640-570 B.C.
    Wearing false beard and tripartite wig, the front, back and underside of feet covered with hieroglyphs from Chapter VI of the Book of the Dead, the seven lower ones on the back divided in the centre with double vertical lines, 4 in. (10 cm.) high; and two other light green glazed composition shabtis, one with inscribed back pillar, circa 4th-3rd Century B.C., 3¼ in. (8.4 cm.) high max. (3)


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    Item one: Cf. L. M. Berman, Catalogue of Egyptian Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1999, pp. 450-451, no. 349 for an identical shabti.

    Ankh-hor was Chief Steward of the Divine Votress Nitocris I (daughter of Psammetichus I), Great Mayor of Memphis, Overseer of Upper Egypt in Thebes and Overseer of the Priests of Amun during the reigns of Psamtek II and Apries. His tomb (TT414) is the fourth largest in the Theban necropolis at Asasif and one of a series built at the end of the Third Intermediate Period for high officials in the estates of the God's Wives of Amun. As Chief Steward of Nitocris, he would have been one of the most important and wealthiest men in Egypt.

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    Provenance

    German private collection, formed in the late 1980s/1990s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GERMAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR