A large Egyptian Wood and Resin Shabti, 20th Dynasty, ca. 1187-1069 BCE
EU1406Regular price $850 USD
carved from sycamore wood, shown mummiform with long tripartite wig, the arms in a horizontal position over the chest as is typical for this period. The figure is heavily coated in black resin, with details in yellow pigment most being lost particularly where the name and titles would be written.
Dimensions: Height: 7 1/2 inches (19 cm)
Condition: Intact with heavy losses to the black resin coating. As with many wood shabtis, an unusual and interesting piece, especially the resin coating.
Provenance: The Nourollah Elghanayan Collection of Ancient Art, assembled 1950-1970's. Nourollah Elghanayan (1915 - 2009), NYC, Iranian-born businessman started buying land in Manhattan in the 1950s and 1960s focusing on Manhattan property on Second and Third avenues. His sons turned the holdings into a booming real-estate business. Now, the family is worth $1.9 billion and has more than 20 million square feet of residential and commercial holdings to its name, split among two firms.
A rare Egyptian Wood Stick Type Shawabti, 17th Dynasty, ca. 1782 - 1570 BC
EU2125Regular price $7,500 USD
Stick Type shawabtis /shabtis are traditionally made of persea wood (shawab in ancient Egyptian) and only later were they referred to as ushabtis (answerers). Stick Type shawabtis are very rare and this example is unique.
For related example see:
G. Janes, Shabtis A Private View (Paris, 2002), p. 9
Hermann Schlögl - Andreas Brodbeck, Ägyptische Totenfiguren aus öffentlichen und privaten Sammlungen der Schweiz (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, Series Archeologica, 7) (Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; Freiburg Schweiz, Universitätsverlag, 1990), p. 62 & 64, nos. 9, 10, 13;
Petrie Museum, acc. no. UC40183: W.M.F. Petrie, Shabtis, London, 1935, no.16, p.13, pls. 6,21,25.
Hayes, William "The Scepter of Egypt, A background study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art" Volume I, page 329
G. Scott, Temple, Tomb and Dwelling: Egyptian Antiquities from the Harer Family Trust Collection, San Bernardino, 1992, no. 54, pp.94-5.
For discussion of the type, see P. Whelan, Mere Scraps of Rough Wood?: 17th-18th Dynasty Stick Shabtis in the Petrie Museum and Other Collections, London, 2007.
Condition: Intact, with crack to right side running the length of the piece that does not detract. An exceptionally rare example.
Dimensions: Height: 6 3/4 inches (17.4 cm)
Provenance: Private collection of Geoffrey Metz, Egyptologist, Sweden, acquired from Frank Crane, Canada ca 1990. Metz catalogue number: M16.
A large Egyptian Wood Mummy Mask, Late Period, ca 664 - 332 BCE
EW2102Regular price $5,500 USD
Condition: Overall in very good condition with some wear and pitting, excellent original polychrome remains. Custom mounted to museum standards in black picture frame.
Dimensions: Height: 12 inches (30.5 cm) Frame: 22.5" (57 cm) H x 12.5" W (31.75)
Provenance: Dr. Ulrich Mueller private collection, Switzerland, acquired between 1968 -1978.
An Egyptian Wooden Mummy Mask, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1069 - 945 BCE
EW2010Regular price $4,500 USD
Condition: Age-related cracks in the wood, flaking on the stucco layer, otherwise in very good condition. Mounted on a base with a back wall. A lovely example.
Dimensions: Height: 10 1/2 inches (26.5 cm)
Provenance: From JS private collection, southern Germany, acquired in the English art trade in the 1970s - 1980s.
An Egyptian Wood Clapper, ex MMA, Late Middle Kingdom – Early New Kingdom, ca. 1802–1450 BCE
EW1908Regular price $3,500 USD
Ancient Egyptian clappers, of ivory, bone, or wood, usually in pairs, are common in tombs of the Eleventh and Twelfth Dynasties at Thebes and el Lisht. They may have been placed in the tombs as an amuletic or a purely mechanical means of exorcising evil spirits, which are notoriously averse to noise and noisemakers. Such clappers, however, were also used by living Egyptians to accompany and beat out the time for their dances, especially temple dances, and for related rites performed in honor of the goddess Hathor and other deities. Having seen the same function performed by the hands of the dancers, clapped together in unison it is not surprising to find the clappers are carved in the stylized form of human hands and forearms and decorated with bracelets about wrists or arms as found in this stylized example.
cf: Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 247.
Dimensions: Length: 10 inches (25.4 cm)
Condition: Intact with some minor deterioration to the wood as is to be expected but overall in very good condition, particularly the black pigment decoration.
Provenance: Excavated at Lisht north cemetery, deposit south of so-called "faience factory", MMA excavations by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1922. MMA accession #22.197:A and excavation #197-A.
An Egyptian Wood Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, Late - Ptolemaic Period, ca 664 - 30 BCE
EW1913-PBRegular price $19,500 USD
Standing at the back of a rectangular integral base painted with gesso, the figure of the god is shown mummiform wearing a black, blue and red over gesso tripartite wig and elaborately detailed broad collar. The face, of yellow pigment representing the gold skin of the god, is naturalistically carved and highlighted with black cosmetic lines around the eyes. An inscription runs down the center of the body and continues on the back. At the back of the head is a square opening that shows the partially hollow inside which probably originally held a roll of papyrus. The lid that originally covered the opening is now missing.
Background: A feature of ancient Egyptian religion is the process of syncretism in which originally distinct gods with similar powers were brought together to create a composite deity. In Ptah-Sokar-Osiris three gods associated with resurrection are united. Ptah is one of the oldest Egyptian deities; he was known as a god of craftsmanship and creation. Sokar was an ancient falcon god who became associated with the afterlife. Lastly, Osiris as king of the underworld, represented the power of regeneration and resurrection.
Condition: Some wear and cracking to the wood, with some expected loss of pigment and gesso throughout, small hole in top part of wig and loss around right side of face, otherwise intact.
Dimensions: Height: 21 1/2 inches (54.6 cm), Length: 12 1/4 (31 cm)
Provenance: From a private San Francisco collection, California acquired in the 1990's, thereafter the estate of Peter Borromeo, Jr Esq., acquired in 2011.
An Egyptian Wood Figure of Imsety, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332 - 30 BCE
EW1912Regular price $7,500 USD
Mummiform, hands appearing from the beaded shroud, wearing a tripartite wig with an usekh necklace, the legs painted with a column of hieroglyphs including his name.
One of the four sons of Horus, the human-headed god was the protector of the liver and his head was depicted on the corresponding canopic lid. Each jar was in turn protected by a goddess; Imsety was protected by his mother Isis. His role was to help revivify the corpse of the dead person; to literally lift them up as standing was equated with life and laying prone with death.
Dimensions: Height: 11 5/8 inches (29.5 cm)
Condition: Some minor polychrome losses otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: John Kluge collection, Charlottesville, VA, ex Royal-Athena in 1988; W. R., New Orleans; French collection.