Originating from the Late Dynastic Period almost 2,700 years ago, this ancient Egyptian limestone relief is a great example of its time. The hieroglyphs include a plough and an owl which reads “plowing in…”, and since the action is moving to the left, the plough itself was probably just under its hieroglyphic counterpart with the figure guiding it. It was likely part of an agricultural scene.
This portrait head gives clear proof of the famous Moche artists’ great ability. The realism and expression of this figure approaches some of the best ancient portrait sculptures in the world. Originating in Peru and dated circa 400-550 A.D., it is at a lifelike height of 6¾ inches.
It was recently acquired by the Merrin Gallery from a private European collection, and notably has been published in “Trujillo Precolombino” by Jose Antonio de Lavalle (1996, p. 94).
The ushabtis of Neferibresaneith are among the most beautiful ones of the Late Period, dated circa 570-526 B.C during the reign of Amasis II. An ancient Egyptian funerary figurine, it was acquired by the Merrin Gallery from The Netherlands. More detailed information about this piece can be found on Sam Merrin & Gallery.