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Lot 0003B Details

Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 26th to 31st Dynasty, ca. 664 to 332 BCE. A sizable sarcophagus lid fragment that is carved from cedar and layered with gesso-topped linen. The serene likeness of the deceased protrudes outward with flesh-toned pigments, white eyes bearing elongated outer canthi, and finely sculpted facial features like the full lips and prominent nose. Lining the jaw is a chinstrap which holds a black false beard accentuated with white chevrons indicative of pleating. Vertical blue and white stripes race down the lappets of the tripartite wig, and a meticulously decorated wesekh pectoral collar is painted across the upper chest. A colorful and intricately adorned example of ancient Egyptian funerary tradition. Mounted on modern wood display plaque. Size: 15.75" W x 20.8" H (40 cm x 52.8 cm); 21.625" H (54.9 cm) on included custom display plaque.

Ancient Egyptians believed it was of the utmost importance to preserve a body of the deceased, because the soul needed a place to reside after the death. Preservation of the body was done via mummification - a process involving the removal of internal organs that were placed in canopic jars, wrapping body in linen, and then embalming. Death masks and sarcophagus panels like this example were created so that the "ba" - the part of the soul that left the body each day - could recognize their old form body and become rejoined each evening with the "ka" - the part of the soul that permanently stayed with the body.

Provenance: private J.H. collection, Beaverton, Oregon, USA, acquired around 2013; ex-Relics of the Nile, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

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This is a fragment from a larger sarcophagus lid. Repaired from multiple large pieces, with chips and adhesive residue along break lines. Restoration to areas including corners of wig, side areas of false beard, and several areas of peripheries and wig lappets, with some fragmentary pieces adhered to new material. Nicks and abrasions to face, beard, wig, lappets, and peripheries, with several stable fissures, fading to original pigmentation, and minor splintering to some exposed wooden areas. Light earthen deposits and great remains of original pigment throughout.
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Impressive Egyptian Cartonnage Sarcophagus Lid Panel

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000Jul 01, 2020
Starting Price $1,200
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