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 SARCOPHAGUS FOR A LIZARD Late Dynastic Period, 26th - 31st Dynasty, 664-332 BC Length: 7.5 cm The figure of a lizard surmounts the bronze rectangular box inscribed with the name of the donor, Horenpe-Tayef. Nakht. A pin on the base to allow for insertion into another element and a suspension loop on the front. The contents of the sarcophagus appear to survive, the opening seemingly still plugged. Inscriptions on the left and right sides of the plinth read: ‘May Atun give life to HORENPE-TAYEFNAKHT’ and ‘son of PAAQER engendered on the lady of the house SHEPET-BASTET’. Many examples of miniature sarcophagi surmounted by images of various animals have been found, all dating to the Late Dynastic or Ptolemaic Periods. Generally these containers are small and would have held the mummified remains, or partial remains, of the animals portrayed. Exhibited: ‘Egypt Through the Artist’s Eye’, Holt Festival, Norfolk, 18th - 27th July 2014, exhibition no. 29. Literature: Similar though uninscribed examples in the collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen are illustrated in Mogens Jorgensen ‘Catalogue Egypt V; Egyptian bronzes; NY Carlsberg Glyptotek’, 2009, p.228-9. Provenance: Private Collection of Charles Bouché (1928-2010), likely acquired in the 1960s and 70s. Accompanied by a French passport.