London, South Kensington
15 May 2002
A ROMANO-EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE FUNERARY RELIEF
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Depicting a reclining female figure staring out frontally within a shrine supported by two papyrus columns, she holds in her left hand a sistrum and in her right hand she holds out a libation to the jackal-headed god, Anubis, who reclines on a ledge above, the panel of the sarcophagus below left blank, mounted
10¾ in. (27.5 cm.) high
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Cf. C. Vermeule III and M. B. Comstock, Sculpture in Stone and Bronze, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1988, p. 47, no. 37 for similar.
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately