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Miniature Egyptian Ptolemaic Painted Stone Sarcophagus

Lot 0019A
Egypt, Ptolemaic period, ca. 332 to 30 BCE. A hand-carved stone sarcophagus of a miniature form, the vertical form representative of an obelisk with a flat base, tall sides, and a tapered point on top. The front of the sarcophagus depicts a simplified effigy of Osiris in low relief, standing in mummiform atop fused legs, and wearing an Atef crown flanked with ostrich feathers atop his head, all accentuated with vermilion-hued pigment. A profile image of Osiris is shown on either side of the body, and the hollow verso would have contained a votive offering, perhaps a petite mummified animal like a shrew. Size: 1.5" W x 3.625" H (3.8 cm x 9.2 cm)

Provenance: private J.H. collection, Beaverton, Oregon, USA

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Original back panel missing. Minor nicks and abrasions to base, walls, and figure, with fading to original pigmentation, otherwise intact and very good. Nice earthen deposits and traces of original pigment throughout.

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Miniature Egyptian Ptolemaic Painted Stone Sarcophagus

Estimate $1,000 - $1,500Sep 26
Artemis Gallerybadge TOP RATED
Louisville, CO, USA