Inv. n°: MMoCA813

Egyptian Polychrome Falcon Sarcophagus

The face gilt, with black details of the eyes and markings, wearing turquoise tripartite wig and a broad collar with central lotus flower and falcon-headed terminals. The body with an ankh symbol flanked by uraei wearing the crown of upper and lower Egypt, with seven columns of text over the ankles and feet and a last column over the back pillar.

h. 48.5 cm

Ptolemaic Period, c. 323-30 BC

Wood

Provenance

  • Albert Eid & Cie, Antiquities, Cairo
  • Arnold Victor Kunst, acquired from the above, 9th February 1950, Prof Kunst was a scholar of Indian philosophy at SOAS
  • Thence by descent to the estate Arnold Kunst (1903-1981), London
  • English private collection, acquired in 1981
  • Acquired at Bonhams, London, 25th April 2012, lot 122

Publications

  • Bonhams London, Antiquities, 25th April 2012, p. 78, lot 122
  • "L'Exposition, Des animaux et des hommes à Mougins", Nice-Matin, 6th March 2016, p. 18

Exhibitions

  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from 2012

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