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Bid History: 6   |   Current bid: £320 (+bp*)

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Bid History: 6   |   Current bid: £320
EGYPTIAN WOODEN SHABTI WITH ORIGINAL SHAWL
NEW KINGDOM, 19TH DYNASTY, CIRCA 1250 B.C.

A carved wooden shabti modelled with head, wig and crossed arms, with dark pigment to the wig which extends down the figure's back; together with a fragment of the original shawl; accompanied by a custom-made display stand. 6 7/8 in. (7 1/2 in.) (66 grams, 17.5 cm (106 grams, 19 cm including stand)). [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
From an old UK collection.
Acquired Christie's, South Kensington, London, 4 November 1992, lot 149 (part).
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 bidding correspondence, and a copy of the catalogue listing.
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.

LITERATURE:
Cf. National Museums Liverpool, accession number 1961.202.156, from Gurob.

FOOTNOTES:
Many crude wooden shabtis of this style have come from the cemeteries of Gurob and Sedment.

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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