An Egyptian limestone relief fragment Thebes, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, circa 1550-1295 B.C. Carved in shallow relief, depicting four male figures in profile wearing wigs, with deeply carved eyes and full lips, 5in (12.7cm) high, mounted
Provenance: With Marcel Dumoulin, the Belgian antiquarian, acquired in the 1960s and 1970s.
Literature: The multiple figural carvings in profile is a stylistic trend to represent uniformity and ranks of individuals, usually of military figures or bureaucratic functionaries. For example cf. the 'Lance Bearers' wall painting from the Tomb of Huy, eighteenth dynasty, Thebes.