Limestone Relief with Four Workers Pulling a Statues Shrine

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Old Kingdom, 5th dynasty, 2504-2347 B.C.
Material: Limestone
Dimensions: 35.2 cm x 49.2 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 1325
Provenance: Burgundian private collection, acquired 1980. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport and a copy of the original invoice.
Condition: Professionally reassembled from four pieces.
Description: Large limestone fragment depicting in high relief four workers striding to the right. They are wearing the typical tight caps, leaving the ears open. An apron is bound around the hip with four ribbons. The four workers pulling in pairs on a braided rope, which is affixed on a carriage. A statues shrine of the deceased is tied up on the carriage. In between a vertical band of finely drawn hieroglyphs. See for reference of the workers pulling in a very similar posture a carriage on a rope the relief from the Mastaba 25 of vizier Kagemni in Saqqara (6th dynasty). Four large jugs are tied up on this carriage. Mounted.