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    Sale 7659

    Antiquities

    13 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 68

    AN EGYPTIAN WOOD CYLINDER SEAL

    EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2900 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN WOOD CYLINDER SEAL
    EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2900 B.C.
    Depicting a seated figure in front of an offering table, with hieroglyphs for 'scribe' and 'ka' visible in front, pierced for attachment, mounted
    1 5/8 in. (4.2 cm.) high


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    For similar, cf. P. Kaplony, 'Die Inschriften der Ägyptischen Frühzeit', Ägyptologishe Abhandlungen, 8, vols. 1-3, 1963, nos 659-688.

    The majority of cylinder seals from Dynasty I-II bear the name and titles of private individuals, priests or officials. They were still in use up until the end of the Middle Kingdom, and then were rapidly replaced by a beetle (scarab)-shaped seal, cf. W. C. Hayes, The Scepter of Egypt, I, New York, 1990, pp. 38-39, fig. 28. For similar in serpentine, cf. exhibition catalogue, Naissance de l'écriture, Paris, 1982, p. 70, no. 26.

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    Provenance

    Formerly in the collection of the French Director-General of excavations and antiquities in Egypt, Gaston Maspero (1846-1916).