AN EGYPTIAN BROWN SERPENTINE USHABTI OF NEDJEM-IB, LATE 12TH/13TH DYNASTY, CIRCA 1800-1640 B.C.
wearing a tripartite wig, his face with wide finely shaped mouth, strong cheekbones, and large wide-set eyes with contoured upper lids, the incised column of dedicatory inscription in front including the name of the owner, Nedjem-ib.
Height 27.8 cm.
Raphael Stora (1886-1963), New York, probably on consignment
James E. Le Pere, New York
Houston private collection, acquired from the above on September 13th, 1985
acquired at auction in the United States by the present owner
Raphael Stora Negative Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 5, no. 11, with the Stora inv. no. C-57-6: https://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15324coll6/id/1202/rec/3 (all of the objects illustrated in a group of Stora negatives numbered from C-57-1 to C-57-15 are Egyptian, and most can be identified with specific lots from the William Randolph Hearst sale of antiquities at Sotheby’s, London, July 11th-12th, 1939. The letter C in the Stora inventory system appears to refer to objects that were consigned to the gallery as opposed to being part of their stock)
For a related ushabti of the Middle Kingdom cf. H. A. Schlögl and A. Brodbeck, Ägyptische Totenfiguren aus öffentlichen und privaten Sammlungen der Schweiz, 1990, p. 54, no. 2; also compare J-F. Aubert and L. Aubert, Statuettes égyptiennes. Chaoubtis, Ouchebtis, 1974, pl. 1, no. 1.