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Galerie Krimitsas, Paris, 1975.
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AN EGYPTIAN WOOD ANTHROPOID SARCOPHAGUS LID FOR HOR-EM-AKHET
ROMAN PERIOD, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
Wearing a thick wig of echeloned curls with long lappets, overlaid with vulture wings behind the ears, the lappets terminating in thick bands, each with four inward-facing uraei with solar disks, a thick wreath across the forehead, the bridge of the slender nose forming a continuous plane with the forehead, the eyes inlaid in white material, the lids and cosmetic lines in blue glass set in plaster, the brows built up in plaster, the nostrils drilled, the small mouth downturned at the corners, with a black-painted hieroglyphic inscription, including a band across the body, reading: "recitation by the Osiris Hor-em-akhet (?) born of Aset--akhbit", and three columns below, reading: "...Your mother Nut has spread over her name of Shepet. Your face is not constricted (?). Heaven...(?) in you (?) in (?) her name Nut (?)...the god, you cannot in your name of god, who pulls Re (?). One gives (?), one places it on the way (?), that you may enter celebrating (?)...of your , every one (?) to (?)...Possessor of strength (?)...One gives..."
For a wood sarcophagus lid for a youth, of similar date, depicted as full standing draped figure, see no. 123 in Arnst, et al., Das Ägyptische Museum Berlin. For the thick wreath compare the cartonnage mummy case for a woman, pl. 116/5 in Grimm, Die Römischen Mumienmasken aus Ägypten