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An Egyptian Limestone Relief,

6th Dynasty, 2360-2195 B.C.

Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 110,500 USD
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An Egyptian Limestone Relief,

6th Dynasty, 2360-2195 B.C.

Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 110,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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An Egyptian Limestone Relief,

6th Dynasty, 2360-2195 B.C.

Carved in sunk relief with the figure of a man facing left and wearing a kilt with overfold tied below the navel, broad sash and collar, and layered wig of echeloned rectangular curls, his finely carved face with full outlined lips, large almond-shaped eye, and tapering eyebrows, the ear carefully worked.


21 1/4 by 17 3/4 in. 54 by 45.1 cm.
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Provenance

Münzen und Medaillen AG, Basel, Ägyptische Kunst. Auktion 46, April 28th, 1972, no. 23, pl. 6
Mathias Komor, New York [F.609], March 17th, 1979

Catalogue Note

The present relief probably comes from the right side of a false door from the necropolis at Saqqara. The tomb owner's position in the upper echelons of society is signaled by the sash he wears over the shoulders, which identifies him as a Cheriheb- or lector priest. For related examples see the false door from the tomb of Iteti at Saqqara and representations of the Vizier Mereruka (K. Lange and M. Hirmer, Ägypten. Architektur, Plastik, Malerei in 3. Jahrtausenden, Munich, 1967, pp. 73 and 75). Also see the example in low relief from the 6th Dynasty tomb of Ipy (Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids, New York, 1999, fig. 69), possibly from the same workshop.

Antiquities from the Collection of the Late Clarence Day

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