A MASTERWORK OF EGYPTIAN ART
7470. AN EGYPTIAN GESSO-PAINTED WOOD FIGURE OF A STRIDING OFFICIAL. Egypt, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty XI-XII, c. 2133-1897 BC. Wearing short echelon-curl wig, with powerful, realistically modeled body, each arm with clenched fist. The figure nude with much remaining pale yellow gesso paint on the wig and the body, the eyes painted with black and white, the separately carved legs attached to the body with tenons, flat tenons on the feet for attachment to a base. 16 inches in height. See a comparable figure Christies NY, 8/6/01 lot 80 only 8 inches high estimated at $35,000-$45,000. In excellent original condition, complete with no repair or restoration and all original paint. Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist by descent. Acquired in the first half of the 20th century. Brought to the US in 1954 with the family.