EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE FEMALE FIGURE FRAGMENT, NEW KINGDOM, CIRCA 1390 – 1213 B.C.

$12,500.00

Culture: Egyptian
Date: circa 1390 – 1213 B.C. (New Kingdom, late 18th-19th Dynasty).
Medium: Stone
Condition: Intact, some restoration to the face, mounted on a removable custom base display stand
Provenance: Ex- Australian private collection, 1940s; Bonhams, London, 2008.
Dimensions: H. 7 in. (17.8 cm.)
Ref No. EG1147

Description

Probably from a dyad, wearing a diaphonous pleated gown with diagonal fringed edge, a broad collar, her long full plaited wig divided by her shoulders and bound by a diadem, her right arm held out to the side, set against a back pillar.
A similar work but in much larger scale, is the wife of Nakt-Min published by E.L.B. Terrace and H.G. Fischer in Treasures of Egyptian Art From the Cairo Museum (1970), pp. 137-140, no. 31, described as ‘seducingly Beautiful’, ‘an astonishing realization in stone of human flesh’. Our sculpture might be a portrait of the wife of Nakt-Min, thought to be the son of King Ay (ca. 1352 – 1348 B.C.); Another similar example, but slightly larger scale (17 in.) , lot 425, Christie’s South Kensington, November 2001