A Ushabti of Neferibresaneith, Egypt, 26th Dynasty, Reign of Amasis, 570-526 BC. Faience. Height 17.8 cm. Galerie Cybele at TEFAF 2016 © TEFAF Maastricht, 2015

The Tomb of Neferibresaneith was found at Sakkara, south of the funerary complex of Userkaf, in 1929, and was fully excavated in the late 1940s. In all, 336 ushabtis were found, most of them resting on the lid of the stone sarcophagus under the carbonized wood box; a large number of them were dispersed by the Egyptian Service des Antiquités (see J.-F. and L. Aubert, Statuette égyptiennes. Chaouabtis, ouchebtis, Paris 1974, p. 230). For related examples see M. Page-Gasser and André B. Wiese, Égypte, moments d'éternité, Mainz, 1997, no. 160, H.A. Schlögle and H. Brodbeck, Ägyptische Totenfiguren, Göttingen, 1990, no. 171, and Sotheby's, New York, June 13th, 2002, no. 29, December 6th, 2006, no. 76, and December 5th, 2007, no. 29. 

Provenance: Private collection M. Delemont, Paris 1980

Literature: Aubert, Statuette égyptiennes. Chaouabtis, ouchebtis, Paris 1974; Page-Gasser and André B. Wiese, Égypte, Moments d'éternité, Mainz, 1997




An Egyptian Bronze Mirror, New Kingdom, Egypt, New Kingdom , early to mid 18th Dynasty Kingdom, circa 1550-1425 BC. Bronze. Height 25.2 cmGalerie Cybele at TEFAF 2016 © TEFAF Maastricht, 2015

The handle in the form of a nude female, standing on a thin, integral, rectangular plinth with her left leg advanced, her right arm lowered, holding an attribute, perhaps a bolt of cloth, her left arm bent at the elbow, holding a globular offering in the palm of her hand below her breasts, adorned with a thin waistband with incised zigzag, a broad collar, disk earrings and an enormous enveloping wig with hatched tresses, their ends twisted, a lotus flower above her forehead, her moon face with modeled brows, narrow eyes, a small broad nose and a smiling mouth, with a separately-cast cordiform disk held in place by a now-missing pin through the large lotiform element surmounting her head 

Provenance: Collection HIRSCH Hotel Drouot July 1921; Charles Gillet (1879-1972), Lausanne; then by descent to his son, Renaud Gillet (1913-2001), Paris

Literature: For a related bronze mirror with the handle in the form of a nude girl see no. 218 in E. Brovarski, et al., Egypt's Golden Age: The Art of Living in the New Kingdom, 1558-1085 B.C.; G. Benedicte, Miroirs, Cat. Général des Antiquités Egyptiennes du Musée du Caire, (CGC)

Galerie Cybele (stand 435)Director: Jean-Pierre MONTESINO

The Cybele Gallery in Paris was founded by Jean-Pierre Montesino in 1988. It offers a wide choice of antiques from the Mediterranean and specializes in objects from Ancient Egypt. Jean-Pierre Montesino is a recognized expert of the European Chamber of Expert-Advisors in Fine Art and a member of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA). 
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