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An Important Egyptian Polychrome Wood Inner Sarcophagus of Patjay

wood mask, hands and inscribed panel from the anthropoid inner sarcophagus of "Chantress of Amun and Mistress of the House, Patjay." Yellow­ on­ black painting that was popular in mid­- to late- Dynasty XVIII was revived at this time. A false divine beard and large ears holding back a tripartite wig, painted with extensive wings emanating from a beetle representing Khepri. The mask is of great typological importance, helping connect the wig style to that found on coffins from Upper Egypt. The hands would have been pegged to the lid, the wrists retaining a checkered web pattern. The panel fragment consists of a winged goddess atop a vertical column of hieroglyphs with decorated border, making an offering to Osiris and naming the deceased with titles.

No restoration, good condition

Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty XXII, circa 943-716 BC

Mask: 33 ht x 31 w x 18.8 cm (13 x 12 ¼ x 7 ½”)

Panel: 115 x 46.5 cm (45 ¼ x 18 ¼”)


Private EU collection, prior to 1983. Permanent French passport 092399, 25 May 2007. American import documents, 23 November 2007.

Exhibited: BRAFA Art Fair. (Brussels, 26 Jan- 2 Feb 2020) Antiquarium Ltd. with Salon 94; Frieze Masters, London (5-8 October 2017) (2017) Published: Antiquarium Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XVI. (New York, 2017) inside cover, pp. 6-7

Comparanda: Pierre Berge; Archeologie (Paris, 11.29.2014) lot.70
Dodson, A & B. Manley; Life Everlasting. National Museums of Scotaland Collection of Ancient Coffins (Scotland, 2010) p.56-57, no,14. Inv. no. V.2007.278.2

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