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LOT 0008

GBP (£) 5,000 - 7,000
EUR (€) 5,620 - 7,860
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£4,500 (EUR 5,054; USD 5,670) (+bp*)

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Egyptian Painted Cartonnage with Isis

Ptolemaic Period, 332-30 BC

A beautifully painted cartonnage mummy panel with goddess Maat depicted as Isis, kneeling on the hieroglyph for gold (nub) with outspread arms and wings, each hand holding an ostrich feather, the feather of truth, also her hieroglyphic sign; wearing the hieroglyph for a 'throne' on her head, wedjat eye to either side of her head, bicolour rosettes flanking the feathers; reclining Anubis, the god of mummification, in jackal form to each side of the hieroglyph for gold (nub); polychrome Broad Collar above Isis with ib, heart, hieroglyph above; mounted on a custom-made display stand. 2.4 kg, cartonnage: 46cm high (18 1/4"). Fine condition, professionally conserved. A large, high quality display piece.

Property of a Middlesex lady; acquired on the London art market in 2007; formerly in a 1970s private collection.
See Corbelli, J.A., The Art of Death in Graeco-Roman Egypt, Shire Publications Ltd, 2006, for discussion; see Fluck, C. et al., Egypt faith after the Pharaohs, The British Museum, London, 2015, for discussion of late funerary practices; see Walker, S, and Higgs, P., Cleopatra of Egypt: from History To Myth, The British Museum Press, London, 2001, for general discussion; see Walker, S, and Bierbrier, M., Ancient Faces: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt, The British Museum Press, London, 1997, for discussion of Ptolemaic burial practices.