Lot 12
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An Egyptian Steatite Ushabti of Amenemope (Amenemipet), Chief of the Physicians of the Lord of the Two Lands, 19th/20th Dynasty, 1292-1075 B.C.

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20,000 - 30,000 USD
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Description

  • An Egyptian Steatite Ushabti of Amenemope (Amenemipet), Chief of the Physicians of the Lord of the Two Lands
  • Steatite
  • Height from base 7 1/8 in. 18.1 cm.
holding djed and hoe in one hand, and tyet and hoe in the other, and carrying a bag or basket, curved yoke with crossed cords, and brick-mold on his back, and wearing a long wrapped and pleated kilt with overfold, pectoral, and double wig, his face with long contoured eyebrows and cosmetic line in relief, eight lines of inscription on the sides and back of the kilt, a column of inscription on the overfold.

Provenance

James-Alexandre, Comte de Pourtalès-Gorgier (1776-1855), Paris (Catalogue des objets d’art et de haute curiosité, antiques, du Moyen Âge et de la Renaissance, qui composent les collections de feu M. le Comte de Pourtalès-Gorgier, Paris, February 6th-March 21st, 1865, no.  913)
Lord Amherst of Hackney, acquired at the above sale (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, Catalogue of the Amherst Collection of Egyptian & Oriental Antiquities, June 13th, 1921, no. 53)
William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951), San Simeon, California (sale at Gimbel Brothers department store, organized by Hammer Galleries, New York, 1941)
private collection, The Netherlands, by descent circa 1983
by inheritance to the present owner in 2010

Literature

Léon Jean Joseph Dubois, Description des antiques faisant partie des collections de M. le Comte de Pourtalès-Gorgier, Paris, 1841, no. 325
Art Objects & Furnishings from the William Randolph Hearst Collection. Presented by Gimbel Brothers, New York, in cooperation with Saks Fifth Avenue. Under the direction of Hammer Galleries, New York, 1941, cat. no. 455-35, illus. on p. 39

Catalogue Note

Amenemope occupied a high position in the royal household as chief of all the physicians attached to the king's person. For the significance of the title see B. Halioua and B. Ziskind, Medicine in the Days of the Pharaohs, Cambridge, Mass., 2005, p. 17. His exact title is attested only one other time in the New Kingdom (see J.F. Nunn, Ancient Egyptian Medicine, Norman, Okla., 2002, p. 118, table 6.2).
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