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Dignitary holding a statue of Osiris

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Beautifully carved, highly detailed wood sculpture of a nobleman, probably a priest.

Provenance

By 1897: Jean-Henri Hoffmann Collection, Paris; May 14, 1899: sold at the Hôtel Drouot, Paris, to Sir Thomas Gibson Carmichael, London; 1899 - 1902: collection of Sir Thomas Gibson Carmichael, London; May 12, 1902, sold at Christies, London, to unknown collector; May 19, 1927, sold at the Hôtel Drouot, Paris, to unknown collector; July 7/8, 1994, sold at Sotheby's, London, lot 281, buyer unknown; November 2005: acquired by Gallery J. Kugel, Paris, from a Belgian collection.

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund, Norma Jean Calderwood Acquisition Fund, Marilyn M. Simpson Fund, Egyptian Curator's Fund, Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund, Thomas H. Lee Acquisition Fund, Walter and Celia Gilbert Acquisition Fund, The Gertrude F. Shelley Acquisition Fund, Magda Saleh and Jack A. Josephson Acquisition Fund, Brian J. Brille Acquisition Fund, Miguel and Barbara de Bragança Fund, William Stevenson Smith Fund, Ann and Roger Cogswell Fund, Susan B. Walker Acquisition Fund, Thomas G. Eastman Family Acquisition Fund, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen Acquisition Fund, Hannah Saltonstall Acquisition Fund, Middleton Acquisition Fund, MFA Senior Associates and MFA Associates Fund for Egyptian Acquisitions, Barbara W. and Joanne A. Herman Fund, Elizabeth H. Valentine Fund, Joan and Gorham Cross Endowment Fund, Virginia D. Ladd Acquisition Fund for Ancient Egyptian Art, Norma Jean and Stanford Calderwood Discretionary Fund, and by exchange from Gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Horace L. Mayer, Gift of Mrs. Joseph A. Ropes, Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt, Gift of Arthur H. Phillips, Gift of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren, Gift of Xavier Gonzalez, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson, Gift in memory of Mary L. Johnson, Gift of the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes, Gift of Mrs. Walter Scott Fitz, and Gift of the Estate of John M. Whittier

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, 1295–1186 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 53.5 x 17 x 7 cm (21 1/16 x 6 11/16 x 2 3/4 in.) Modern wood mount (height x width x depth): 3 x 20 x 10 cm (1 3/16 x 7 7/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2006.1892

Medium or Technique

Wood with stone inlays

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture