Egypt, Late Period to Ptolemaic, ca. 664 to 30 BCE.Incredible Ancient... Lot 503 Part of a live auction event on Saturday, Jun 30

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Seller: iralarrygoldbergcoinsandcollectibles (64) 66.7%, Location: Los Angeles, California, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 282997508370 LOT 503Seller's Estimate: USD 15,000 - 0 Egypt, Late Period To Ptolemaic, Ca. 664 To 30 Bce Incredible Ancient Egyptian Life-Size Sarcophagus. A life-size, complete wooden coffin in two parts covered with gesso over linen, with an overall black ground, having a golden-brown complexion with finely painted and modeled features, including wide-open eyes gazing steadfastly ahead, framed by elegant brows that lead to a straight nose, and gently smiling lips above a pointy chin and a pharaoic false, plaited beard, the visage further adorned by a tripartite wig, a multi-colored headband comprised of nested triangular motifs (alternating in red and aqua blue-green outlined in golden brown) and a wide, intricate aegis collar, with falcon-headed terminals. The body is painted with an extensive iconographic program of funerary subjects, and a large vertical glyph band further embellishes the front. See extended description below for translation and more about the iconography. Size: 73" H (185.4 cm)Starting from the middle below the broad collar with falcon terminals: the winged sky Goddess Nut with a sun disk on her head and feathers in her hands; a mummification scene with canopic jars, a ba-ba bird, and the four children of Horus; a solar boat used by the son to travel through the underworld with gods Maat, Ra, Isis, and Nephthys (right to left); depicted on both sides of the vertical texts are guarding deities, each holding a knife, with animal heads; and on the feet, Anubis on his shrine, with a flail behind his back. The following is a general translation of the hieroglyphs contained in the vertical bands. From right to left, the upper columns generally translate as follows: The first row discusses an offering that the king gives to Osiris, the foremost of the West, the great god, the lord of Abydos. The second row states, "and to Anubis, the foremost of the divine booth, the lord of the sacred land, so that they may give an invocation offering consisting of bread." This is followed by the third row which states, "beer, oxen and fowl, to Paher" justified, followed by another name, one of his parents, though difficult to decipher (perhaps Padi-something, or Hekenu?) justified. then, the lower two rows (left to right): "Words to be spoken by Anubis, the foremost" and "of the divine booth, the lord of the sacred land, that he(?) may give..."The glyphs above and below the winged goddess state (reading right to left): "Words to be spoken by the Osiris Paher (or?)" justified, followed by the same name of the parent, justified," that he may give (?)" [followed by a series of small, cursive signs that are difficult to decipher]. Anthropoid coffins like this example first appeared by the Middle Kingdom - skillfully carved so as to outline the mummy's body and decorated with the visage and wig of the deceased individual. Such coffins not only served to copy the mummy's form kept within, but also served as actual substitutes for the bodies in the event that the mummy's body was lost or destroyed. As time progressed, these coffins were decorated with more extensive iconographic programs, presenting a greater number of inscriptions and scenes, as we see in this example. Normal cracks and small chips, completely intact with apparently little if any restoration visible. A remarkably well-preserved sarcophagus, ready to exhibit at home or in an office.Provenance: From a Southern California collection. Out of country of origin (Egypt) prior to 1972. Shipping and U.S. Department of Customs clearance documents available upon request. Estimated Value $15,000-UP. Payment: The buyer is responsible for paying the seller directly after winning the item. Details on accepted payment methods and where to send payment are provided in an invoice from the seller. Shipping: The buyer is responsible for paying all shipping costs and arranging for shipping and delivery with the seller. Additional shipping details from the seller: Auction House will ship, at Buyer's expense For more information see terms and conditions Knowing when to bid: An event can last a few hours. To help figure out when an item will come up for auction, watch the pace of the event and keep in mind that items usually come up in lot order.Manuscripts and Collectibles, Sports, Art offered by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 10:00AM GMT-07:00 Los Angeles, California, USA

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