An Egyptian white glazed composition shabti of Ay

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Lot 6*
An Egyptian white glazed composition shabti of Ay

Sold for £ 215,650 (US$ 298,311) inc. premium

Antiquities

14 Jul 2004, 18:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

An Egyptian white glazed composition shabti of Ay
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Late Amenohpis III - Amarna Period, circa 1360 - 1330 B.C.
Shown standing in typical mummiform pose, both arms crossed over the chest, the red glazed hands holding no implements, the well modelled face in similar red glaze, the tripartite wig striped with blue glaze and tucked behind the ears, with eight lines of text across the front of the body inlaid in blue glaze, inscribed for: 'The God's Father Ay', with text from the 6th Chapter from the Book of the Dead, 87/8in. (22.7cm.) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Ex Omar Pacha Sultan Collection
    Probably ex Michel Abemayor, New York
    Ex Barratt-Brown Collection

    Published:
    Hôtel Drouot 1905, no.412 illus.
    Collection de feu Omar Pacha Sultan le Caire, (Paris 1929), no.361, illus.
    Martin 1986, p.118, no.15 illus. pl.16
    Sotheby's New York 1997b, lot 57

    Literature:
    For a shabti closely related in technique compare that of Lady Sati in the Brooklyn Museum, see Kozloff et al. 1992, p.304, pl.37 & p.328, no.70.

    This shabti was almost certainly made for the Ay who played a major role both as a soldier and advisor during the reigns of Amenhotep III, Akhenaten and especially during the reign of Tutankhamun, upon whose death the elderly Ay became King of Egypt through marriage to Tutankhamun's widow Ankhesenamum - who was also his grand-daughter. Geoffrey Martin has suggested that this shabti was destined for the tomb of Ay at Amarna, but due to various historical events he was never buried there. Ay was probably the brother of Amenhotep III's Great Wife Tiy, and so the uncle of Akhenaten and great-uncle of Tutankhamun, so probably the father of Nefertiti from which his title 'God's Father' could have originated. This shabti would have been made for Ay before he became pharaoh (1325-1321 B.C.), he was already an old man when he took the throne.

    Such shabtis would have been extremely rare in the Amarna period. The absence of attributes such as the tools and the beard indicate this is to be an earlier style of shabti, pre-dating the more common types that appeared after the reign of Amenophis III, or perhaps it attests to the retention of some of their ancient customs during the Heresy period.
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