A small relief fragment showing two hieroglyphic signs, above a snake (a horned viper) and below the figure of a standing man, wearing a white short skirt (shendyt). He is shown in a slightly bent position, hacking the earth with a hoe.
The fragment is too small to translate the hieroglyphs, but this is more than compensated by the quality of the details: the mouth, the eye and especially the ear have been executed with great care.
Late Period, 25th-26th dynasty, circa 746-525 B.C.
Height circa 8 cm.
French private collection Mr. M., acquired before 1980; thereafter Arteas Ltd, London.
Fragment as shown with some surface damage and scratches, minor wear to the paint.