Tuesday 7 July 2020

"The Ezeldeen Taha Eldarir Collection": Artemis Gallery, A Whole Mummy Case, a 'mask', Rolls of Papyri (June 4th 2020)

Bab Darge's Artemis Gallery Erie, CO 80516 ("Exceptional Antiquities, Asian, Ethnographic:") Thu, Jun 4, 2020 USA has also been selling parts of the Eldarir grandfather collection, this sale from June 04, 2020

Lot 3, Auction 6/4/2020: Egyptian Polychrome Gesso Coffin Lid - 1946 Provenance $80,925.00
Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 26th to 31st Dynasty, ca. 664 to 332 BCE. An incredible exterior coffin lid carved from hardwood and depicting a serene countenance atop an elaborately decorated body. Painted gesso atop the lid is decorated to show the red-orange face with almond-shaped eyes and elongated canthi, a protruding nose above pouty lips, and a black chinstrap with a net-patterned false beard. Each wig lappet has vertical stripes of alternating hues with serrated tips, and a wadjet peers out on each shoulder. The huge wesekh collar is replete with checkerboards, blue and red triangles, rosettes, and drop-form patterns. The leg panels show the deceased laying atop a lion-headed table beneath the head of Anubis, flanked by the mourning goddesses Isis and Nephthys, with a sun disc, a winged scarab, and two wadjet eyes in the panel above, and two representations of the god Khnum to its sides. The lower legs display several standing funerary deities flanking three columns of hieroglyphs that perhaps identify the deceased.
Size: 74" L x 18" W (188 cm x 45.7 cm)
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For a similar example of a coffin lid from the Thirtieth Dynasty with a lower portion beneath, please see Ikram, Salima and Aidan Dodson. "The Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity." Thames and Hudson, London, 1998, p. 241, fig. 324.
For another example of a coffin lid with dense decorations from the 26th Dynasty, please see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 30.3.44a,b.
For an example of a coffin lid showing the deceased praying to each of the funerary deities, please see The British Museum, museum number EA6693.
Included with the coffin lid is a custom-built display case/stand with a weighted base, mirrored bottom, and silica gel climate control with an integrated hydrometer in the back. The case is ready to accept a sheet acrylic cover and all cover mounting hardware is included, however the acrylic lid is not included with the display case/stand. The case can be taken to an acrylic fabricator to have a form-fitting cover created.
Condition: Loss to small area of lower corner as shown. Lid was cut into three large sections in the 1940s and rejoined by a museum conservator, with light in-fill material and overpainting along joint seams. Abrasions and nicks to gesso, with fading and chipping to pigmentation, and encrustations. Great remains of original painted gesso throughout.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Ezeldeen Taha Eldarir collection, New York, USA, purchased in December, 1946 and imported from Egypt in November, 1948; ex-Salahaddin Sirmali collection, Egypt; appraised by Mr. Hossen Rashed, head of the Egyptian antiquities house
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At least it has not been sawn up, but only the lid made it to the market. And what happened to the human remains?

He'd also recently sold off (05 December 2018) a 'Huge Egyptian Late Period Wood & Gesso Sarcophagus Mask'. This one was wrenched off the coffin to make a saleable geegaw from it. "Provenance: private Honolulu, Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private New York, New York, USA collection, acquired by Mr. Ezeldeen Taha Eldarir in Egypt between 1946 and 1948"

And then we have some scrolls. Rare Egyptian Ptolemaic Papyrus Scrolls, Demotic Script Lot 2b being sold at the same time (June 4th 2020)
Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332 to 30 BCE. A beautiful and extremely rare set of two tightly rolled papyrus scrolls. Each lengthy scroll is of a slender form, has open ends that reveal the interior layers, and displays several rows of illegible Demotic script written in black ink. For many centuries, papyrus was the most important writing material in the Classical and Mediterranean world, replacing clay tablets. The reeds used to make papyrus grow primarily in Egypt, and the Graeco-Roman world had to import them on a regular basis. Scrolls like these examples were typically manufactured in rolls up to 100 feet long and 7 to 15 inches wide. These scrolls bear wonderful evidence of the crisscrossing fibers that make up the papyrus. Size of largest: 0.875" W x 7.5" H (2.2 cm x 19 cm). [waffly narrativisation] [...] 
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Honolulu, Hawaii, USA collection; acquired by Mr. Ezeldeen Taha Eldarir in Egypt in 1929 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.
Rare Egyptian Ptolemaic Papyrus Scrolls (group of 3) Lot 2c has the same information.

Possibly the same collector was involved with this (not Eldarir) alabaster head, and this Ming pottery head.

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