**Originally Listed At $600**
Central Asia, Bactria, ca. 2nd millennium BCE. A lovely ribbed chalice, hand-carved from creamy yellow alabaster with stunning caramel and white veining throughout the composition. The cup stands upon a tiered, concave base, corsets inward to create a stem, and then dramatically widens to form the ribbed, cylindrical cup. Alabaster was a material prized by ancient sculptors, because its relative softness allowed a sculptor to carve marvelous forms like this example. Size: 3.25" in diameter x 2.8" H (8.3 cm x 7.1 cm)
Provenance: The Dere Family Collection, New York, USA, assembled 1970's-2000's; ex-Khan Family Collection, New Jersey, USA, acquired in 1980's
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Minute nicks to ribs. Mineral deposits very evident on base. Inked star stamp on underside of base is probably a collector's mark. Stunning veining and marvelous translucency when held to the light.