An important Egyptian cartonnage from a mummy footcase, depicting the soles of a pair of sandals. The sandals are outlined in black and painted in ochre with checkered edges, against a Burgundy red background.
Cartonnage is made by a technique similar to papier-mâché, scraps of linen or papyrus were stuck together with plaster or resin and covered in gesso, a mixture of gum and chalk powder and painted in natural pigments using gum as a binder.
Ptolemaic Period. Circa 305-30 B.C.
Provenance : Ex art & antique trade USA ; before in a Swiss collection since 1972
Dimensions: longueur 21cm ; width 17cm
6 000 €