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    Sale 7659

    Antiquities

    13 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 108

    AN EGYPTIAN TURQUOISE GLAZED COMPOSITION ROYAL SHABTI FOR PSUSENNES I

    THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXI, REIGN OF PSUSENNES I, 1039-991 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN TURQUOISE GLAZED COMPOSITION ROYAL SHABTI FOR PSUSENNES I
    THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXI, REIGN OF PSUSENNES I, 1039-991 B.C.
    The Royal figure carrying hoe and mattock with seed bag on his back, wearing tripartite wig, collar and wrist bands, bearing 5 lines of hieroglyphs on front and back from Chapter VI of the Book of the Dead, all details in dark brown glaze, mounted
    5½ in. (14 cm.) high


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    This is a rare example, outside of Egypt, from the tomb of the Tanite Pharaoh Psusennes I, son of the Theban high priest King Pinedjem I. Psusennes I's tomb was discovered at Tanis by Pierre Montet in 1940. Cf. J-F. Aubert, Statuettes Égyptiennes, Paris, 1974, pp. 136 and 153-154, pls 32 and 34, no. 76, where Aubert thought that only eight shabtis existed outside of Egypt with six in private collections and two in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and exhibition catalogue, Tanis, L'or des pharaons, Paris, 1987, p. 128, no. 12, for the type.

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    Provenance

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


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GERMAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR