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LOT 0004

GBP (£) 2,500 - 3,500
EUR (€) 2,880 - 4,030
USD ($) 3,100 - 4,330

Sold for (Inc. bp): £5,200


11TH-12TH DYNASTY, 2010-1960 B.C.
12 1/4 in. (980 grams total, 31 cm wide).

The scene comprising: a thick rectangular base with gessoed surface; squatting male figure in a white kilt with modelled hair and painted facial details, the hands drilled to accept the handles of tools; a wooden spit with impaled carcass of a roasting fowl in the left hand; a small fan in the right hand; a squat fire-bowl with rounded rim and recess to the upper edge.

Acquired in the 1960s.
From the collection of the late Egyptologist Surgeon Commander PHK Gray RN.
From a Surrey, UK, collection.

Accompanied by a scholarly note from Egyptologist Paul Whelan.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate number no.202932.

Cf. Barker, G., Preparing for Eternity, Oxford, 2022, p.61, fig.2.31; Taylor, J.H., Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, London, 2001, pp.99-103, for discussion.

Crafted for the tomb to accompany the deceased and provide for him in the afterlife.