February 1st, 2017

“The Middle Class Goes to Heaven” at CHEWDAY’S

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“The Middle Class Goes to Heaven” at CHEWDAY’S
EGYPTIAN BRONZE SHREW MOUSE SARCOPHAGUS Egyptian, Late Dynastic Period, 26th-30th Dynasty, 664 - 343 BC Length: 8.3 cm The figure of a shrew or shrew-mouse surmounts a rectangular box with raised rib running round the 3 sides, hieroglyphic inscriptions incised in the lower section. The animal with long snout and tail extending the length of the sarcophagus, its back decorated with a bird with outstretched wings and winged scarab beetle. Many examples of miniature sarcophagi surmounted by images of various animals have been found, all dating to the Late Dynastic or Ptolemaic Periods. As with this example, such containers are generally small and would have held the mummified remains, or partial remains, of the animals portrayed. Literature: Similar examples can be found in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, including the shrew coffin of Pahapy (accession number 37.411E). Provenance: Private European collection; With L’Ibis gallery, New York; Sold Sotheby’s New York, 17 December 1998, lot 394; Private collection, New York