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LOT 0024

Estimate
GBP (£) 80,000 - 100,000
EUR (€) 94,080 - 117,610
USD ($) 106,560 - 133,200

Sold for (Inc. bp): £91,440

Egyptian Limestone Painted Shabti

Ramesside Period, 19th-20th Dynasty, 1295-1077 BC

A carved limestone shabti with painted detailing to the eyes and costume, agricultural tools and headdress; the costume with horizontal bands in light tan and red; incised bands of hieroglyphic text in horizontal and vertical orientation, including the name of the owner (a scribe called 'Ir-nu') and a standard form of quotation from the Book of the Dead chapter 6: vertical column 'Instructions of the Osiris'; horizontal rows: 'Ir-nu, justified; he says: O these shabti / if I am counted, if I am reckoned to do work / [which is done in] the necropolis in order to cultivate the river-banks (or riparian lands) [in order to] convey 'sand' / of the west [to the east?]; if I am summoned at any time / I will do it, thus I say!'; mounted on a custom-made display stand. 1.4 kg total, 28cm including stand (11"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a central London gentleman; acquired from a private European collection, in 1978; previously with Maspero collection, Paris, in 1963; formerly in the Carieau family collection, Belgium, acquired in 1952; accompanied by a technical report by Edmund S. Meltzer Ph.D., and a scholarly note no.TL05399 by Dr Ronald Bonewitz.

Published
Exhibited: The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) 2016, Booth 430, Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre, Maastricht, Netherlands.

Literature
See Donald, B., 'Funerary Figurines' in Oxford Encyclopaedia of Ancient Egypt, vol 1, New York, 2000, pp.568-569.