Lot 55
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AN EGYPTIAN POLYCHROME LIMESTONE RELIEF FRAGMENT, 26TH DYNASTY, 664-525 B.C. | An Egyptian Polychrome Limestone Relief Fragment

120,000 - 180,000 GBP
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  • limestone
  • 21.5 by 21 cm.
finely carved in sunk relief in archaizing style with the head of a man facing right and wearing a broad collar, pendant, and close-fitting cap.


Münzen und Medaillen AG, Basel, Auktion 46, April 28th, 1972, no. 99, illus.
The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, inv. no. 1972.16, acquired at the above sale (Christie's, New York, October 25th, 2016, no. 6, illus.)


"The Egypt Experience: Secrets of the Tomb," The Toledo Museum of Art, October 29th, 2010-January 8th, 2012


Otto Wittmann, ed., "Treasures for Toledo," in The Toledo Museum of Art News, vol. 19, 1976, p. 44, no. 2-3
Sandra Knudsen and P. Reich, Egypt in Toledo: The Ancient Egyptian Collection at the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, 2011, p. 76

Catalogue Note

Based solely on stylistic criteria the 1972 Basel auction catalogue entry suggests that the present relief probably originates from the Theban tomb of Pediamenopet/Petamenophis (T33), a massive and fascinating funerary complex explored in the 19th Century, sealed by Gaston Maspéro in 1900, and reopened by Claude Traunecker in 2005 for further exploration and study (http://www.ifao.egnet.net/archeologie/tt33/). Later publications of the present relief have adopted this identification.

In 1908 Jean Capart acquired a closely related relief fragment for the Brussels Museums (inv. no. E. 3057) and securely identified it as Pediamenopet himself based on a pre-1879 drawing of it made while still in situ in his tomb (Bulletin des Musées royaux des art décoratifs et industriels, September 1908, pp. 77-78, fig. 9, and J.-C. Balty, H. De Meulenaere, et al., eds., Musées royaux d'art et d'histoire, Bruxelles. Antiquité, 1988, pp. 38-39). In 1912, another very similar example was bought by Philip J. Mosenthal from Dikran Kelekian in Paris in 1919, and sold at Anderson Art Galleries, New York, April 4th, 1925, no. 73; it is now in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 1977.217, where it is described as probably from the tomb of Pediamenopet: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/550756).