Egyptian limestone relief of enthroned character, 6th century B.C. (Saite period)

This decorative fragment was elaborated from a stone coming from the quarry of Tura or Massara, of calcareous composition. It has been extracted from a larger cladding block. Its irregular trapezoidal shape, as well as its patina, indicate that the right side of the block was cut in antiquity. It has been treated entirely with the bas-relief technique and, although there are no appreciable remains or pigmentation, it must be assumed that it was originally painted. It was part of a funerary chapel belonging to the tomb of an army general. Its typological characteristics situate it in the 26th Salta Dynasty and it is a tiny sample of the richness and sumptuousness of the tomb in question, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful of this period. The scene depicted is full of symbolism, with a male character sitting in an armchair in the centre of attention, holding in his left hand a glass of ointment (the equivalent of today's liquid perfumes, they were consumed by high social strata and were kept in translucent alabaster containers, which often had the name of the ointment engraved on the inside) and a blue lotto, while the right holds the lid of the glass. In front of the character we see a richly worked table, with its upper part finished in a gola. On the table, three blue lottos with intertwined stems. Behind the piece of furniture there is a glimpse of a richly dressed female figure.  


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