|EGYPTIAN OLD KINGDOM LIMESTONE RELIEF FRAGMENT
With two oarsmen facing right and leaning back to lever the oars, their bodies painted with reddish-brown with their hair in black, the tip of a water sign hieroglyph above the head of the left oarsman and another symbol in the register above.
Vth-VIth Dynasty, ca. 2494-2181 BC
L. 10 7/8 in. (21.6 cm.); H. 6 1/4 in. (15.8 cm.)
Ex private Japanese collection; Sotheby's, New York, December 7, 2001 lot 231; O.C. collection Chicago, acquired from Royal-Athena in 2007.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2006, no. 169.
For related scenes, cf. W.C. Hayes, Sceptre of Egypt, part I, (New York 1990), fig.56.