An Egyptian Wood / Polychrome Upper Sarcophagus
From an anthropoid sarcophagus, gessoed and painted half lid formed of several pieces of wood joined by dowels, representing the deceased with yellow skin tones, dark painted hieroglyphic eyes and cosmetic brows, with black irises and smiling mouth outlined in red, wearing a striated tripartite wig with a decorative bands and an elaborate broad collar with falcon-head terminals, a winged sun disk with uraeus above the sky goddess kneeling in right profile with her wings outstretched and holding maat feathers, together with additional protective symbols and a finely rendered ba bird with the head of a man to the lower right, with two columns of hieroglyphs partially translated that read ""mistress of the land" and "king's lady". 39"H (99 cm).
PROVENANCE: Ex-private California Collection, by descent to present owner.
(there is a reserve on this lot)
Complete condition, lid reinforced with small steel plates at the back, excellent remaining polychrome to face but heavy losses to sides and front as can be seen. Presents extremely well and can stand unsupported. An extremely good example.