A well executed relief fragment with surviving pigments. The scene depicts the head of an offering bearer, with sensitively carved eyes, nose and lips; around the eye cosmetic lines are indicated. The man is wearing a short wig, consisting of rows of curls. He has placed a basket on top of his head, no doubt full of offerings, and his outstretched right arm supports the basket.
New Kingdom, 1550-1070 B.C.
Height circa 12 cm.
Canadian private collection of Mr. Sidney Maurice Bailey (1914-1995); thereafer by descent; thereafter with ArtAncient, London.
Mr. Bailey was an insurance actuary who lived in Quebec, Canada. He formed a collection of Egyptian antiquities between the 1940s and the mid 1980s. The relief fragment has two old labels on the side, that probably date to the 1960s or 1970s; one of these indicates that the object was acquired from Petit Musée Antiques in Montreal, dealers of antiques and antiquities since 1890.
Fragment as shown, with some surface wear and minor damage. The object comes on a custom made metal mount (not yet shown on the photographs).