Saturday, 16 March 2019

TEFAF Wrenched Apart Sarcophagus Fragment

A tiny so-called "mummy mask" on sale at TEFAF ("TEFAF champions the finest art through the ages and from around the world. A section dedicated to ancient art was created in 1993 at TEFAF Maastricht. The section is a veritable treasure trove for collectors".)
@sycomore_ancient_art, stand 438
Sarcophagus mask
Wood, traces of stucco with yellow and blue polychromy
Height 11.7 cm (4.6 in.)
Egyptian - Third intermediate Period, 1085-715 BC
No collecting history at all is given here up-front. Of course, it's not a "mask" at all, but a fragment of anthropomorphic coffin lid (from a grave) that has been portableised by wrenching it off to put it onto the market. Nobody gives a second thought for the inhumation that was desecrated and violated to put this trophy item in a collector's hands. It has got several thumbs ups from other dealers on the website.

Go on, show us some proper views. Show the back.

This dealer/collector fetish for "Faces from the Past" is really rather pathetic and immature. 

No comments:

Creative Commons License
Ten utwór jest dostępny na licencji Creative Commons Uznanie autorstwa-Bez utworów zależnych 3.0 Unported.