Painted Linen Fragment with Dancing Scarab

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late Period, 664-332 B.C.
Material: Painted plaster coat on linen.
Dimensions: 15.5 cm x 15 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 1049
Provenance: Wicherts Kunstauktionen Bonn, Germany, 10 December 1982, Lot 17.
Condition: Fragment, diligently mounted on green linen background.
Description: A scarab in dancing pose turning the sun disk, symbol of god Aton. Seated on his right side is goddess Nephthys as a canopy guardian. The image is framed on the right and at the bottom by a trim with geometric décor. The lower end of the fragment depicts the heads of Horus’ three sons and canopy tutelary gods Imsety, Hapi and Duamutef. The depiction should probably reflect the wish that the deceased may resurrect amongst the gods and be reborn like the sun.