Ancient Egypt, Early Dynastic Period, late 1st to 2nd Dynasty, ca. 2900 to 2686 BCE. A superb bowl of a broad form that is expertly carved from a single piece of yellow breccia mottled with beige, orange, and pale green inclusions. The flat base supports the broad walls and tapered rim, and the deep basin was perhaps intended to hold ample funerary offerings. Both the interior and exterior exhibit a fine polishing that brings out the natural stone colors and creates an incredibly lustrous sheen. The use of breccia in ancient Egypt was quite sparse as it was deemed to be a symbolically significant carving material. So a bowl like this suggests it was commissioned for an individual of wealth and status. Lucite display stand for photography purposes only. Size: 11.625" W x 3.375" H (29.5 cm x 8.6 cm)
This bowl is accompanied by an Art Loss Register certificate, reference number S00072551.
Provenance: private Colorado, USA collection; ex-private Beverly Hills, California, USA collection; ex-private South Kensington, London, UK collection, acquired from a Brighton, UK art gallery in the 1970s; accompanied by an Art Loss Register certificate, reference number S00072551
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Repair to lengthy area of rim from multiple large pieces, with some in-fill material in areas of loss, and resurfacing with light overpainting along new material and break lines. Chips to rim and body with light abrasions. Incredibly smooth surfaces throughout.