An Egyptian Limestone Relief Fragment, 19th Dynasty, early in the reign of Ramesses II, circa 1279-1250 B.C.
carved in sunk relief with the head of a priest facing left and holding a falcon-headed censer, his finely carved face with full outlined lips indented at the corner, slightly aquiline nose, and almond-shaped eye with long outlined and tapering cosmetic line and eyebrow in contoured relief, the earlobe pierced, the five columns of inscription including the partial name of the deceased ending in -Ptah "Overseer of the City", and that of his father the vizier Bakenptah.
44 by 36 cm.
Safani Gallery, New York
Breitbart Collection, acquired from the above in the late 1970s (Sotheby's, New York, The Breitbart Collection of Antiquities and Ancient Glass, June 20th, 1990, no. 14, illus.)
New York Private Collection (Sotheby's, New York, December 17th, 1992, no. 25, illus.)
acquired by the present owner at the above sale
Safani Gallery, New York, The Art of Ancient Egypt. An Exhibition of Archaeological Works of Art dating from Predynastic to Coptic Times, December 15th-April 1st, [late 1970s], p. 3, illus.