polychrome wood


Egyptian Polychrome Wood Canopic Jar for Djehutyirdis, Third Intermediate Period, circa 1069-702 BC

Decorated in black, blue, ochre, white and maroon, the lid showing Anubis recumbent on a plinth, two sides showing jackal-headed deities, each with titles of Anubis, ‘Lord of the Sacred Land, who gives protection to Djehutyirdis’; 'Lord of the Two lands, the one of Heliopolis, who provides protection for the Osiris of Djehutyirdis’ and 'Lord of the burial, who provides protection for the deceased’, another side with a squatting Re-Horakhty with an ankh on his knees invoking protection for the deceased, and on the other side, the sisters Nephthys and Isis in adoration of a shrine surmounted by the head of Osiris wearing the plumed headdress with ram’s horns, text on either side asking for the protection of the deceased.


Egyptian Polychrome Wood Sarcophagus, Akhmin, Late Dynastic Period,  26th-30th Dynasty, 664-332 BC

Of typical anthropomorphic shape on a small integral square plinth, the white face with black details of the eyes and eyebrows and red for the lips, depicted wearing a black tripartite wig and a short ribbed fake beard, with an elaborate broad collar composed of bands of geometric shapes, white eight-petalled rosettes, lotus palms and lotus flowers, the lower section of the body in maroon slip, with a rectangular section above the ankles inscribed with five columns of text, with an offering formula to Osiris ‘who resides in Ipu’, the name of modern-day Akhmin, on behalf of Tasheretmin, ‘daughter of Djedhor, born to the Lady of the House’, name now unintelligible