Large wooden Isis knot with beautiful polychromy pertaining to a piece of furniture.
The gessoed surface painted teal, red and yellow with black outlining. The black side with an ochre wash.
Fixed to a furniture piece with tenon tongues on top and bottom. The upper tenon tongue broken off together with a small portion of the upper loop. The tenon tongue on the bottom missing.
For Isis knots and other protective symbols on the back of a chair owned by Hatnefer, cf. acc. no. 36.3.152 in the Metropolitan Museum collection.
Closely associated to the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis, the ‘Girdle of Isis’ or ‘tyet’-knot is a protective symbol reminiscent to the ankh-sign and meaning welfare or life.
Egyptian, Late Period, 664-31 BC
H. 17.6 cm (6.9 in)
Glued from two large pieces. Missing portion of the upper loop restored. Tenon tongue on the bottom missing. Old restoration.
Ex New York collection of Robert Feuer, acquired 1970s-1980s.
The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed.