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A GRANITE TORSO OF THE VIZIER MENTUHOTEP , EARLY 12TH DYNASTY, PERIOD OF SESOSTRIS I, 1918-1875 B.C.

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150,000 - 250,000 USD
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Description

  • A GRANITE TORSO  OF THE VIZIER MENTUHOTEP

from a life-size statue of Mentuhotep seated in the pose of a scribe, finely inscribed in sunk relief on the shoulders and chest 'Mentuhotep, servant of the two (royal) children (male and female) of Horus, overseer of seal-bearers, priest of the nose of Anubis, priest of the radiance of the lords(?),' the folds of his ample belly indicated, the nipples in relief, remains of a kilt at the waist, the inscriptions perhaps added in the New Kingdom.

Provenance

Alphonse Kann, Saint-Germain-en-Laye (American Art Association, New York, The Alphonse Kann Collection, Part I: Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Persian, Moyen Age and Renaissance Works of Art, January 6-7, 1927, No. 35, as Old Kingdom)

Literature

Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, An Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture added to the Permanent Collections of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy through the Generosity of the late Colonel Charles Clifton, Buffalo, 1928, Cat. No. 7, illus. on p. 10
Academy Notes, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, September 1931, p. 25
Günther Roeder, "Vier Statuen," Annuaire de l’Institut de Philologie et d’Histoire Orientales, Vol. 3, 1935/36, pp. 398-402, pl. VIII (as Middle Kingdom)
Jacques Vandier, Manuel d’archéologie égyptienne, Tome III: Les Grandes époques. La statuaire, Paris, 1958, Vol. III, p. 256, n. 1
Serge Sauneron, "La tribune du quai de Karnak et sa favissa. Compte rendu des fouilles menées en 1971-1972 (2e campagne)," Karnak, Vol. 5, Cairo, 1970-1972, p. 65
Oleg Dmitrievich Berlev, "A Contemporary of King Sewah-en-Re’," Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 60, 1974, p. 109-110, n. 16
G.A. Gaballa, Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo, Vol. 30, 1974, pp. 16-17
Oleg Dmitrievich Berlev, Bibliotheca Orientalis, Vol. 33, 1976, p. 325
Steven A. Nash, with Katy Kline, Charlotta Kotik and Emese Wood, Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Painting and Sculpture from Antiquity to 1942, New York, 1979, p. 72 (illustrated), as 25th Dynasty
William Kelly Simpson, "Varia Aegyptiaca in American Collections," Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo, Vol. 37, 1981, pp. 435-437, pl. 66b
Elisabeth Delange, Musée du Louvre. Catalogue des statues égyptiennes du Moyen Empire, 2060-1560 avant J.-C., Paris, 1987, p. 57
Gerry D. Scott, III, The History and Development of the Ancient Egyptian Scribe Statue, Vol. IV, doct. Diss., Yale University, New Haven, 1989, Cat. No. Ex. 102
William Kelly Simpson, "Mentuhotep, Vizier of Sesostris I, Patron of Art and Architecture," Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo, Vol. 47, 1991, p. 335, No. 11, note 28, and p. 336
Biri Fay, “Custodian of the Seal, Mentuhotep,” Göttinger Miszellen, Vol. 133, 1993, pp. 23-35, pl. 2b

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