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AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF FRAGMENT
THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, HOLLAND
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF FRAGMENT

OLD KINGDOM, DYNASTY V, 2450-2300 B.C.

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AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF FRAGMENT
OLD KINGDOM, DYNASTY V, 2450-2300 B.C.
Sculpted in shallow raised relief, preserving a man in profile to the right seated on an armchair, his left arm extended forward, his right arm bent over the side of the chair with his hand resting on the top, wearing a smooth wig and a multi-strand broad collar, the backrest extending behind his shoulder, a lily before him, the arm of a now-missing figure behind him, with a lily over the shoulder, preserving hieroglyphs in the top left corner, reading: "his wife," preserving some red pigment
5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm.) high
Provenance
Said to be from Saqqara.
Dr. F. W. Von Bissing, Utrecht, prior to 1914.
with Paul Brandt BV, Amsterdam, 1981.
Exhibited
Scheurleer Museum, The Hague, until 1929.

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For a figure seated on a chair, with his arm similarly positioned, see the relief of Qar, no. 195 in Arnold, et al., Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids. For the lily see the Tomb of Mereruka, pl. 65 in Aldred, Art in Ancient Egypt: Old Kingdom.
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