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3030
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE SARCOPHAGUS MASK
30TH DYNASTY - EARLY PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 380 – 250 BC
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1,000,0002,000,000
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3030
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE SARCOPHAGUS MASK
30TH DYNASTY - EARLY PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 380 – 250 BC
Estimate
1,000,0002,000,000
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AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE SARCOPHAGUS MASK
30TH DYNASTY - EARLY PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 380 – 250 BC
from the lid of a large anthropoid sarcophagus, wearing a wide tripartite wig, the idealised face with full outlined lips, straight nose and almond-shaped eyes with long contoured eyebrows and cosmetic lines in relief
43 by 51 by 16 cm, 16 7/8  by 20 1/8  by 6 1/4  in.
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Provenance

Jean-Loup Despras, Orient-Occident Gallery, Paris, since the 1970s.
Collection of David Stickelber (1928-2011), Kansas City, Missouri, acquired from the above in the late 1970s or early 1980s.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, 8th November 2012, lot 207.

Catalogue Note

A closely related complete sarcophagus lid, 183 cm high, inscribed for its owner Pedienese and dated to 350 BC, is in the British Museum, inv. no. EA34. For another similar sarcophagus mask, but slightly later in date, see Sue D'Auria, Peter Lacovara, and Catharine H. Roehrig, Mummies & Magic, The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt, Boston, 1988, p. 193, no. 139. The author writes that it "belongs to a class that evolved in Dynasty 30, and continued in use well into the Ptolemaic Period. Some dated examples were found by Petrie in Cemetery B at Abydos, belonging to Dynasty 30, and later sarcophagi of the same type are recorded from Qau and Akhmim. They usually bear inscriptions down the front in vertical columns, and additional decoration could be provided at the sides in the form of representations of the Four Sons of Horus or other funerary deities. Large wesekh-collars with falcon-headed terminals are also a feature of certain examples of this type of sarcophagus. Many uninscribed sarcophagi of this shape and material are known; they may be unfinished, or the painted decoration has not survived."

The present mask was in the collection of David Stickelber. He was a major collector of furniture, silver, paintings, prints and sculpture in Kansas City. A supporter of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, he was appointed a Mary Atkins Trustee of the museum.

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