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AN EGYPTIAN INSCRIBED SANDALWOOD BOX PANEL
AN EGYPTIAN INSCRIBED SANDALWOOD BOX PANEL

PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD-1ST CENTURY B.C.

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AN EGYPTIAN INSCRIBED SANDALWOOD BOX PANEL
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD-1ST CENTURY B.C.
Each end of the rectangular panel with four projecting dove-tails, the upper edge with two rectangular mortices, and the lower edge with three circular mortices, one preserving a dowel, the front panel centered with a finely-painted hieroglyphic inscription in black in two columns reading "Beloved of the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Ptolemy, may he live forever, beloved of Ptah" and "beloved of Sokar-Osiris, the great god and of the brother sister gods (Theoi Adelphoi)," epithets used by Ptolemy III, V, VI, VIII, and IX
6¼ in. (15.8 cm.) wide
Provenance
London Art Market, early 1980s.
with Charles Ede, London, 2004 (Egyptian Antiquities, no. 67).

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