Lot 3
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A Limestone Relief Fragment, 19th Dynasty, reign of Ramesses II, 1279-1213 B.C.

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 USD
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106,250 USD
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Description

  • A Limestone Relief Fragment
  • Limestone
carved in shallow relief with two ladies advancing to right, their right hands raised in reverence, the first holding a Hathor-headed sistrum, the second a bouquet of papyrus flowers, each wearing an elaborate layered and pleated garment tied beneath the breasts, broad collar, bracelets, tripartite wig composed of long zigzag locks twisted at the ends, and diadem, the first lady, taller than her companion, wearing an earplug, her wig surmounted by a lotus bouquet and an ointment cone, an inscription translating “her sister, the Chantress of Amun Na…” above the second lady; remains of polychrome.

Provenance

Denys Sutton (1917-1991), London, acquired between 1957 and 1972
by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

For a related example compare L.M. Berman, Catalogue of Egyptian Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1999, pp. 250-251, no. 180, the tomb relief of the Chief Physician Amenhotep and his family.

Denys Miller Sutton (1917-1991) assumed the role of editor of the London-based arts magazine Apollo in 1962, and retained this position for about 25 years, during which he considerably expanded the scope of the publication, addressing sensitive art preservation issues, attracting new contributors among prominent art historians and writers, writing many articles himself, and devoting several issues to the collections of museums around the world. His strong and unrelenting interest in the visual arts was a lifelong pursuit: he served as secretary of the international commission for the restitution of cultural material after World War II, worked as an art critic for Country Life and the Financial Times, authored several books on painting, including works on Watteau, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Picasso, and Whistler, and organized several exhibitions abroad such as shows on Constable and Titian in Tokyo. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (vol. 53, Oxford, 2003, p. 382) describes him as an "astute collector of art."

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