Egyptian limestone and steatite sarcophagus eye inlaysE268
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A pair of carved stone eye inlays from an elaborate mummy sarcophagus. The outer frame of the eyes is carved from limestone and painted black, the pupils and one remaining scelera are carved from black and white steatite.
Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, c. 730-332 BC
Both c. 1.6 x 3.5 cms
One white inlay is original, the other three are simple cardboard inserts which can be easily removed; there is some wear to the black painted eye surrounds as seen in the photographs
Ex. private collection, Wimbledon, UK; acquired from Tetragon Antiquities (UK), May 21st 2016; formerly in the collection of Terry Eva, London, UK (active 1980’s to early 1990’s)