An Egyptian pottery jar sealing
Early Dynastic Period, 1st Dynasty, circa 3050 B.C.
The ovoid surface with rolled out hieroglyphs in relief from a cylinder seal, with the name of the vizier Hemaka and the Horus name of King Den, 4¾in (12cm) diam., with an old label on the underside inscribed '1-4 Den Setiu 20'; five Egyptian relief fragments, including one of limestone carved with the profile head of a male with closely cropped hair, facing left, probably Old Kingdom, 2¾in (7cm), the back inscribed, E.H. Heckett, mounted; another of green glazed composition with a profile archaic male royal head facing right, wearing a chin-strap and beard, 21/8in (5.5cm); a limestone left edge stela fragment carved with the profile figure of a mummiform male wearing a tri-partite wig, with lotus flower above, under a stream of blue water, remnants of hieroglyphs for 'true of voice' above, probably Ramesside, 4¼in (10.9cm) high; a small limestone fragment carved with a squatting god facing right wearing two tall plumes and holding an ostrich feather on his knees, probably Amun-Re as a protective deity, Ramesside, 27/8in (7.4cm) mounted; and a quartzite fragment inscribed with the remnants of three vertical columns of hieroglyphs, unintelligible, New Kingdom, 4½in (11.5cm), mounted; an Egyptian red quartzite fragment of a male head showing the left ear and striated wig tucked behind, probably New Kingdom, 2in (5cm); and a terracotta plaque moulded with the façade of a temple with a winged sun-disc and a seated figure inside, 5¼in (13.3cm) high (8)
- Please note that the terracotta plaque in this lot is probably Phoenician. For a similar example excavated from the precinct of Baalat Gubal at Byblos in Lebanon, cf. G.E. Markoe, 'Phoenicians', (Berkeley 2000), fig. 43.
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