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An Egyptian Limestone Architrave Relief, Old Kingdom, Early 6th Dynasty, circa 2354-2300 B.C.

40,000 - 60,000 USD
112,500 USD
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  • An Egyptian Limestone Architrave Relief
  • Limestone
finely carved in sunk relief between columns of inscription with three representations of Idu striding to right, holding a staff, and wearing a kilt with triangular overfold, broad collar, each with a different wig, the outer figures each holding a baton, the middle one a sash, the remaining columns of inscription ending in "the well-provided, Idu" and starting with a different title, from left to right: "Liegeman of the King['s Palace?]," "Overseer of the Tenant-Farmers," and "Sole Companion (of the King)."


Mathias Komor, New York, inv. no. Q515
acquired from the above by the family of the present owner on March 28th, 1962

Catalogue Note

For related decoration on an architrave beam in the chapel of Khakhufu II's tomb see W.K. Simpson, The Mastabas of Kawab, Khakhufu I and II, Boston, 1978, pl. XXXIV, fig. 44. Also see Sotheby's, New York, December 9th, 2003, no. 42.

The personage depicted here does not appear to be the same Idu whose extensive mastaba was excavated at Giza by George Reisner in 1925 for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. None of the titles on the present relief match those recorded by the excavators in the tomb (on the titles of Idu see W.K. Simpson, The Mastabas of Qar and Idu, Boston, 1976, pp. 30-31).