**Originally Listed At $800**
Egypt, Late Dynastic to Ptolemaic Period, ca. 664 to 30 BCE. A beautiful jar of an elegant form, hand-carved from pale yellow-white alabaster with ample bands of natural veining in hues of wheat, beige, and caramel. The vessel is defined by a flat base, an inverted piriform body, a rounded shoulder which tapers with a corseted neck, a thick discoid rim, and a pair of unpierced lug handles with flared lower terminals. The interior of the jar was carved out using a series of progressively finer drill bits and copious amounts of abrasive sand, and the exterior surface exhibits a fine polished texture. Size: 5.125" W x 4.9" H (13 cm x 12.4 cm).
Provenance: The Dere Family Collection, New York, USA, assembled 1970s-2000s; ex-Dr. Sid Port Collection, California, USA, acquired in 1980s
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Repaired from multiple large pieces with very small chips along break lines. Minor abrasions and nicks to rim, handles, and body, with light encrustations along interior and exterior. Light earthen deposits throughout. Old and faded inventory number written in red ink on base.