Small Egyptian Limestone Relief
Hieroglyphic inscription, Amentiu (Westerners), part of the name, Khenti-Amentiu, meaning “Foremost of the Westerners.” Khenti-Amentiu was an early Egyptian jackal deity whose name served as an epithet for the jackal-god Anubis. His cult was later conflated with the cult of Osiris by the end of the First Intermediate Period (ca. 2181–2055 BC), almost exclusively referring to Osiris’ role as lord of the afterlife.
New Kingdom, Dynasty XVIII–XX, 1550–1069 BC
Height: 11 cm. (4 5/16 in.)
Width: 20 cm. (7 7/8 in.)
Ex: Belgian private collection of Jacques Schotte (1928–2007), acquired between 1950–1983, thence by descent.
BRAFA Art Fair. (Brussels, 26 Jan- 2 Feb 2020)
Antiquarium, Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XIX. (London, 2020) p.7
Bonham’s; Antiquities (London, 04.29.2009) lot.166
Metropolitan Museum of Art acc. nos. 09.180.105; 66.57; 36.3.239