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POLYCHROME WOOD SARCOPHAGUS LID

POLYCHROME WOOD SARCOPHAGUS LID

Anthropomorphic cover of a coffin decorated with man wearing tripartite striped wig and broad collar with falcon-head terminals, body showing sky goddess NUT with widespread wings at top of vertical band with hieroglyphs reading:
‘…O my mother Nut, stretch yourself over me, that you may place me among the imperishable stars which are in you, that I may not die…’; and three horizontal bands with hieroglyphs, inbetween kneeling figures raising their hands in mourning.

Ex priv. coll. E.R., Netherlands, acquired from Royal Athena Galleries, New York 2007; before, priv. coll. Paris, 1950s, thence by descent.
H. 182 cm; feet missing otherwise intact; mounted on stand.
New Kingdom, 18th Dyn., reign of pharao Amenhoptep III,
father of Echnaton, c. 1386-1349 BC

Cf. D’Auria, C. Roehrig, P. Lascovara, Mummies and Magic, Boston 1988, p.133 no. 67

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