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Bid History: 5   |   Current bid: £1,100 (+bp*)

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Bid History: 5   |   Current bid: £1,100
EGYPTIAN ROYAL SHABTI SECTION OF PHARAOH SETI I
19TH DYNASTY, 1303-1200 B.C.

A vibrant deep blue-glazed composition shabti fragment from a royal shabti of pharaoh Seti I, bearing three registers of cartouches including examples reading 'Menmaatri' (prenomen) and 'Seti Merenptah' (nomen of Seti I)'; the fragment composed of a tapering lentoid-section body with '2000 N. F40' inked by hand to the top face; accompanied by a display stand. 1 1/2 in. (3 7/8 in.) (25 grams, 38mm (46 grams total, 97 mm including stand)). [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
From the Valley of the Kings, found by Giovanni Belzoni.
From an old UK collection.
Acquired Christie's, King Street, London, 11 July 1990, lot 327.
From the private collection of Alf Baxendale (1941-2016), keen Egyptologist, member of the Egyptology Society, trustee of the Amarna Trust; thence by descent.
Accompanied by the original Christie's invoice and correspondence.
Accompanied by an identification display card.
Accompanied by a copy of his obituary published in Horizon, The Amarna Project and Amarna Trust newsletter, Issue 18, 2017, p.21, by Barry John Kemp, CBE, FBA, Professor Emeritus of Egyptology at the University of Cambridge and directing excavations at Amarna in Egypt.

FOOTNOTES:
The King's finely inscribed sarcophagus is in Sir John Soane's Museum, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.

Alf Baxendale (1941-2016), was a keen amateur Egyptologist, active from the 1960s. He was a good friend of Egyptologist Barry John Kemp who directs excavations at Amarna in Egypt. Alf helped raise funds for equipment and materials for the excavations since the 1980s, and also secured a major sponsorship from one of Britain’s leading brewers, Scottish and Newcastle. He was a member of the Egyptology Society, and became a founder trustee of the Amarna Trust in 2005. Alf bequeathed a major part of his extensive library to the Amarna Project’s offices in Cairo.

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