Tuesday 7 July 2020

"The Ezeldeen Taha Eldarir Collection": Another Dead Grandfather's Collection Sale piece - Bonham's (1st May 2013)

Eldarir material ended up on Bond Street:
Bonhams, Antiquities 1 May 2013, 10:30 BST London, New Bond Street LOT 320
Four Egyptian limestone relief fragments for Wahibrenebahet
Sold for £ 28,750 (PLN 141,959) inc. premium

Four Egyptian limestone relief fragments for Wahibrenebahet Late Dynastic Period, 26th Dynasty, circa 664-525 B.C.
Possibly from Thebes, inscribed for Smenty Wahibrenebahet, probably a high ranking official connected with the importation of precious metals, joint fragments (a) and (b) with eight columns of text referring to 'night and the hour of the appearance of the beauty of the Sun god', with a squatting vulture-headed deity of the underworld holding a long knife on his knees, named as Great God, 13in x 9in (33cm x 23cm) and 12in x 21in (30.5cm x 53cm); fragment (c) with five columns of text referring to 'the passage of the Sun god and the deceased through the caverns of the Underworld in the night barque and the plunge into the Day barque at dawn', with two squatting deities holding knives, one with ram's head, carved on the right, 17in x 22in (43cm x 56cm); and fragment (d), the smallest, with another baboon-headed squatting deity on the left and two columns of text providing protection for the deceased, 9½in x 11¾in (24cm x 30cm), each fragment individually mounted (4)

Ashraf Eldarir Collection, USA, acquired by the present owner's grandfather Mr. Souaya in Egypt in 1948, thence by descent. Ashraf Eldarir's grandfather was a friend of Prince of Egypt Omar Tosson, with whom he shared a passion for archaeology. The collection was formed during the 1930s-1940s, mostly gifts from Prince Tosson. The collection was moved to the United States in 1948 and remained in their possession until the present day.

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