Lot 487

An impressive Egyptian limestone relief of Iti, Old Kingdom, 5th - 6th dynasty, 2498-2181 B.C.

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Large limestone fragment depicting a striding dignitary to the left. He wears a short wig with curls set tightly in rows, as well as a kilt with almost vertical pleats. Above the figure, which holds in its left hand a scepter in vertical and in its right a mace in horizontal position, an inscription in several lines. Therein the Wab priest Iti is mentioned, "the overseer of the magistrate, the blessed Iti". This relief fragment originates from a burial chapel of a mastaba and served once as a door jamb. It depicts Iti striding forth by day, reborn after death. According to the latest investigations this relief was discovered in the Giza tomb number D221, excavated between 1903 and 1907 by the German Egyptologist Georg Steindorff. See the "Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings", III. Memphis, Oxford 1974, page 117. The stele is published in Grusenmeyer-Woliner "A World of Sculpture IV", p. 124.
Surface cleaned and a few spots stabilized, some minor wear. Mounted on iron stand. Dimensions 67 x 35 x 7 cm.

Provenance: English private collection prior to 1989. Thence in the Belgian private collection Karim Grusenmeyer. Exhibitions in Brussels and Maastricht.

Condition: II Questions about the lot?

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