Lot 6
  • 6

An Egyptian Limestone Relief Fragment, 5th/6th Dynasty, 2520-2195 B.C.

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 USD
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Description

  • An Egyptian Limestone Relief Fragment
  • Limestone
  • 18 1/2 x 22 x 1 in. 47 x 55.9 x 2.4 cm.
carved in shallow relief with a man and his wife standing and facing left, her right hand resting on his shoulder, his left hand resting on a staff, the man wearing a kilt, short beard, and rounded wig, the woman a dress with shoulder-straps and long tripartite wig, each face with finely outlined lips and tapering eyebrow, columns of inscription in the field that above the woman reading "his wife whom he loves".

Provenance

Jerome Eisenberg, 44 East 82nd Street, New York, N.Y.
Richard Titelman, Altoona, Pennsylvania, acquired from the above on December 27th, 1969

Literature

Jerome M. Eisenberg, New York, Art of the Ancient World, vol. I, catalogue no. 44, December 19th, 1965, no. 59, illus.

Condition

as shown----surface much pitted, much of this probably due to imperfections (sea-shells?) in the hard limestone before it was carved---would have been hidden by paint. Color is creamy--- not reddish as photo suggests. Needs a strong raking light.
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