Christies to sell Egyptian painted linen

Christies are to auction an Egyptian painted votive linen from the New Kingdom at its upcoming sale on 8th June 2012 in New York.

Described in artdail.org as the following:

"Egyptian painted linen votive textile (estimate: $80,000-120,000) has ten columns of crisp, black hieroglyphics explaining in great detail the image below, rendered in still-vibrant hues of russet, blue, green and gold on a white background. Recovered in 1906 from a shrine in the hills of Western Thebes, the panel depicts a scene of the goddess Hathor in the form of a cow with an earlier Pharaoh, Neb-hepet-Re Mentu-hotep, both being venerated by a priest and his family. The work dates from the New Kingdom, 18th-19th Dynasty (circa 1300-1200 B.C.), and of the surviving textiles from that shrine, the present one is perhaps the finest, both in terms of the quality of the painting and its state of preservation."

The linen has been in the collection of the Heckscher Museum at Huntington in New York since the 1950s and is being sold to raise funds for the museum's art acquisition fund.

Click here for the full details and an exquisite picture of the item.

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