8 June 2007
AN EGYPTIAN PAINTED WOOD SARCOPHAGUS PANEL
LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXV-XXVI, 712-525 B.C.
From the interior of the base brightly painted with a frontal depiction of the sky goddess Nut, identified by the hieroglyphs Nwt above, wearing a tightly-fitted red sheath with white and black details, and a black halter top with triangular sections of fabric barely covering her breasts, adorned by a beaded broad collar and a voluminous Hathor wig curling out at its tips, her arms outstretched and once continuing up the sides of the coffin to envelop the deceased, her feet once continuing along the foot board
74¾ in. (190 cm.) high
with Le Corneur, Paris, late 1960s.
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For a similar depiction of Nut on the interior base of a sarcophagus, also with identifying hieroglyphs, see no. 199, p. 133 in Schneider, Life and Death Under the Pharaohs.
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