An Egyptian polychrome painted wall fragment

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Lot 47
An Egyptian polychrome painted wall fragment

Sold for £ 25,200 (US$ 34,800) inc. premium
An Egyptian polychrome painted wall fragment
Theban, New Kingdom, 18th-19th Dynasty, circa 1550-1186 B.C.
The female head depicted in profile looking to the right, wearing a long black wig falling over her shoulder, the edge braided, with a wide blue and red zigzag headband and another double red and blue diadem above, the head surmounted by a large white and red perfume cone, and a lotus stem, wearing a blue and red broad collar and a disc earring, with hieroglyphs above to, 'his wife, lady of the house, chantress of....', on a pale blue background, 15in (38cm) high, some repainting, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Ex private Dutch collection, acquired 1960s-70s.

    Literature:
    For a similarly wigged female in New Kingdom wallpainting, cf. the Tomb of the Two Sculptors: M. Page-Gasser & A.B. Wiese, Ägypten: Augenblicke der Ewigkeit, (Mainz 1997), p. 135, fig. 81
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