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Translated Egyptian Limestone Offering Stele

Lot 0001A Details

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Ancient Egypt, Old Kingdom, 3rd to 6th Dynasty, ca. 2686 to 2181 BCE. A beautiful fragment of a hand-carved limestone offering stele for a deceased individual. The thick tablet features three registers of large hieroglyphs in low relief that are read right to left and separated with thin borders as well as a vertical lateral border. The intent of this tablet is determined by the first line which reads, "An offering which the King gives Anubis . . ." which is a commensurate phrase in the traditional Egyptian offering incantation. The second line reads, "The Osiris gives offerings of (strength?) . . ." and the third line reads, "A feast/festival/festal offering . . ." The intricate, low relief presentation of the hieroglyphs as well as offerings given by both the king and Osiris suggest that this stele was meant for an individual of great respect, wealth, influence deserving of ample sustenance in the afterlife. Size: 11.875" W x 12.875" H (30.2 cm x 32.7 cm); 13.9" H (35.3 cm) on included custom stand.

For an example of a relief from the late 3rd to 4th Dynasty, please see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 58.44.2a, and another can be seen at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

For an example of an offering stele with incised hieroglyphs, please see The British Museum, museum number EA1663.

Provenance: private Hagar collection, Wildwood, Missouri, USA; ex-private North Carolina, USA collection, acquired in the 1980s

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

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Condition
This is a fragment of a larger tablet. Nicks and abrasions to some hieroglyphs, peripheries, and verso, with softening to some hieroglyphs, and light encrustations, otherwise intact and excellent. Great earthen deposits and preservation of remaining hieroglyphs.
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Translated Egyptian Limestone Offering Stele

Estimate $7,000 - $10,000
Apr 08
Starting Price $3,500
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0001A: Translated Egyptian Limestone Offering Stele

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Est. $7,000 - $10,000Starting Price $3,500
Fine Antiquities | Asian | Ethnographic Art
Thu, Apr 08, 2021 10:00 AM
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Lot 0001A Details

Description
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Ancient Egypt, Old Kingdom, 3rd to 6th Dynasty, ca. 2686 to 2181 BCE. A beautiful fragment of a hand-carved limestone offering stele for a deceased individual. The thick tablet features three registers of large hieroglyphs in low relief that are read right to left and separated with thin borders as well as a vertical lateral border. The intent of this tablet is determined by the first line which reads, "An offering which the King gives Anubis . . ." which is a commensurate phrase in the traditional Egyptian offering incantation. The second line reads, "The Osiris gives offerings of (strength?) . . ." and the third line reads, "A feast/festival/festal offering . . ." The intricate, low relief presentation of the hieroglyphs as well as offerings given by both the king and Osiris suggest that this stele was meant for an individual of great respect, wealth, influence deserving of ample sustenance in the afterlife. Size: 11.875" W x 12.875" H (30.2 cm x 32.7 cm); 13.9" H (35.3 cm) on included custom stand.

For an example of a relief from the late 3rd to 4th Dynasty, please see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 58.44.2a, and another can be seen at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

For an example of an offering stele with incised hieroglyphs, please see The British Museum, museum number EA1663.

Provenance: private Hagar collection, Wildwood, Missouri, USA; ex-private North Carolina, USA collection, acquired in the 1980s

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#156424
Condition
...
This is a fragment of a larger tablet. Nicks and abrasions to some hieroglyphs, peripheries, and verso, with softening to some hieroglyphs, and light encrustations, otherwise intact and excellent. Great earthen deposits and preservation of remaining hieroglyphs.

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